New answers tagged alternative-tunings
If you want to know about fret placement on guitar-family instruments, please see the answers I gave to this question in which I provided information about modern guitars which can play in just intonation or various types of meantone temperament.
The simple, short answer is that practically all families of instruments started out with just intonation and continued that way well into the 19th century (the 1800s). The exception is keyboard instruments, and fretted instruments tuned in fourths, such as the guitar, and before it the lute and the viola da gamba. Keyboard and guitar-family instruments ...
as an addition to previous answers, it also makes certain riffs possible at higher speeds that would be extremely difficult without it. A great example of this is BYOB by System of a down, and Beast and the Harlot, by Avenged Sevenfold It's a trick as old as the hills. There are examples of it at least as early as Led Zeppelin in rock music. Like other ...
Thicker sound.. also, it changes the way you approach the fretboard, which works for playing differently and coming up with different riffs
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