I use a set of 10 gauge steel strings on my electric guitar and for the past few days I have been thinking of testing out the All Fourths Tuning. I was wondering if this poses a risk of breaking the strings either while tuning or heavy picking (which I tend to do).

I started learning the guitar almost a year ago, and I genuinely see no benefit from the standard tuning. In fact the semitone down tuning on string 2 always tripped me up in the beginning.

P.S. I'm not sure if I should post this in a physics forum. But the question felt like it belonged here.

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    "I genuinely see no benefit from the standard tuning."-- It is convenient to have the notes of the sixth string doubled at the same fret on the first string, and also convenient to have the fifth of a chord root on the fifth or sixth string available at the same fret of the first or second string. This also places a ♭5/♯11 and a ♯5 conveniently within reach. I think that the bottom line is that the variation across strings allows chord voicings that may be difficult on some string sets to be more easily played on other string sets, giving the player more options. – ex nihilo Apr 28 '17 at 12:01
  • The way I look at it is that by tuning the first and second string to C and F respectively gives you a bit more variety as to choices in open chords and notes, it makes scales seem a bit more simpler, finding notes on the guitar becomes simpler. Basically I am advocating uniformity. But maybe this is because I am a beginner, I may change my mind later. – Michael Thomas Apr 29 '17 at 4:31

Tightening up the top two by a semitone won't make much difference. You could, of course, go the opposite way, and tune the bottom four down a semitone - making the strings Eb Ab Db Gb B(Cb) E.

  • Can't really down tune the bass strings. I have a really shoddy guitar with the most glorious fret buzz that competes with the music for dominance. I'm afraid tuning it down would just exacerbate the problem. But I think I'm going to go ahead and tune 1 and 2 up, let's see if there is any noticeable ease in playing. – Michael Thomas Apr 28 '17 at 7:32
  • It would work for a lot of guitars - it does work as a lot of players already tune down at least the bottom string, if not all. – Tim Apr 28 '17 at 7:33

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