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What is standard tuning on guitar one whole step down called?

Asked by dreamwolf (3142 points ) September 24th, 2011

What notes do the strings become? Also what is the tuning called when its a step and a half down as well as two steps down. What kind of guitarist usually play these ways?

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SavoirFaire's avatar

It’s called D tuning. The strings are D-G-C-F-A-D. There’s an entire list of different guitar tunings here.

digitalimpression's avatar

One step down from standard tuning is D tuning .

dreamwolf's avatar

@SavoirFaire @digitalimpression Is a step down from D Tuning, C Tuning?
Furthermore, can I hold the same shapes as standard tuning onto the lower tunings and with those shapes still produce pleasurable chords?

SavoirFaire's avatar

@dreamwolf Yes: two full steps down from normal tuning, or one full step down from D tuning, would be called C tuning. When using a straightforward alternate tuning like this, your chord shapes will still work. Everything will just be transposed. More elaborate tunings do not come with the same guarantee.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

It is a common practice to tune a 12-string in this manner, theoretically to lessen the total tension on the neck and bridge of the guitar; A capo might be used on the second fret to bring the tuning back up to standard.

If you play a “D” chord, for instance, with the strings tuned down a full step, it would sound as a “C” chord. If you tune down much more than that, it might change the tone of the strings.

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