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Gitard issues

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jimmys15, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. jimmys15


    Nov 7, 2012
    I play bass and some guitar in a 4 peace 70's, 80's and 90's classic and hard rock cover band.
    My guitar player plays drop tuned (Eb) songs in regular tuning, only he plays them 1/2 step down. Sometimes it can work but sometimes he'll play the Eb chord at the 6th fret instead of the tuned down open Eb. Or worse yet play open E or A notes with Eb or Ab chords.
    He seems to be able make it sound pretty good, so I don't say too much about it, he's also very stubborn and telling him doesn't change anything.
    So here's my dilemma: I will be playing guitar too, and we are getting a new bass player. As I'm practicing the songs on our list, I realized there are also several songs that are tuned a full step down, and couple that are tuned in G (DGDGBD) but my gitard player seems to be able to play these songs in the same key, but in standard tuning.
    I might be OCD but I can't play effed up like that, I need to play these songs with some accuracy and many of his guitar parts I will be playing! What do I do?? I will be embarrassed to play these songs that way.
  2. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    What's the issue?
  3. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Ask him to help you.
    If the song is in E, learn it in E and play it in Eb with the band.
  4. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    Maybe post this at talkguitard.com....?? :p
  5. practice practice practice!
  6. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
    The only advice I can give is don't play open strings and don't tune down. It would be best to just learn the song without having to do much else like drop tuning.
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    What key works best for the vocalist? Don't worry too much about the original key it was recorded in. Worry about keeping the singer going all night.
  8. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Get one of those new gibsons with the minetune? :D
  9. JakeF


    Apr 3, 2012
    Seems like everyone doesn't understand what you said. Let me see if I get this...

    He can play songs in a different tuning then required but plays them fine.

    But the fingering/phrasing/differences weird you out?
  10. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    My take is that OP can't just make go in a standard tuning and that either he has to retune between each song or make the band play them all in the same tuning.
  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    The usual solution to having to play in several different tunings is to bring several different guitars to the gig. Just pick up a different guitar when you need that specific tuning.

    Thank you for your indulgence,