first of all I’m very new here so please excuse me if I’m doing anything wrong. Next of all I’m self learning guitar as a hobby and I’m quite new to that too. I recently bought a distortion pedal and wanting to learn to play a dethklok song but it needs me to tune my guitar to C F A# D# G C. I’m a bit nervous about tuning the 5th string from the top but it’s the furthest I have ever tuned it and I don’t want my strings to break. I believe they are the basic gauges (9-42). So I’m just asking if anyone knows any tips and advice to stop me breaking my strings. Many thanks, lolamnma

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    If standard tuning is EADGBE, then wouldn't that tuning mean tuning all the strings down a major third, rather than up? Or is the song specifically with a tuning up a minor 6th? I don't play guitar, so sorry if I'm completely missing something.
    – awe lotta
    Apr 2, 2020 at 16:30
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    @awelotta - with crazy tuning abounding, it could go either way! But - I hope you're right, and it's down-tuning. But going that far would need a change of strings to sound sensible. Seems a better option than going up!!
    – Tim
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:03

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As commented under your question, this would seem like a drop tuning down to the alternate pitches. Tune down to them, not up.


Sounds like a bit of a silly idea. Why do you need to do it? You could just use a capo on a higher fret, and imagine that's the open strings. Or simply play the song with standard tuning - I suppose you're using tab, in which case, it'll still work, but sound low.

There's not ony the high possibility that strings will break, but a more important one that it will put a lot of stress on the guitar, particularly the neck.

  • Thinking about it now, and thank you for your advice, I'm just gonna leave it and learn a different song :). Reading everyone's advice I never realized it could damage my guitar neck, not only break my strings.
    – lolamnma
    Apr 2, 2020 at 20:35

The only way you'll find out is to try! And it won't necessarily establish a rule. Every string breaks eventually. Got a spare handy?

  • Ah I see, that's the problem, I don't have any spares. I'm using Ernie Ball 2723 Cobalt Super Slinky's. I'm debating if I should try it or not.
    – lolamnma
    Apr 2, 2020 at 15:41
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    Don't debate - just forget the idea! Or be prepared to buy another guitar.
    – Tim
    Apr 2, 2020 at 16:31
  • I don't suppose it would break the GUITAR!
    – Laurence
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:46

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