This is probably a dumb question, but when sheet music instructs you to tune down 1/2 step, does the notation follow and where you play the notes follow? For example, would the 5th fret on the E (b) string still be read and played as A, or would it now be Ab? Say that this is in A. Looking at the sheet music, you are playing a major triad, A-C#-E. Would I start that on the E string, 4th fret, or 5th fret. Does tablature follow the downtuning as well? I'm specifically looking at manic depression, in the Jimi Hendrix songbook for bass. I'm thinking that you read it normally; it's not written as downtuned, but that seems weird. If you are downtuned it seems like the notes are in different places, though. Could you just not downtune and play it in normal tuning? Geez I sound dumb. Oh well.