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Question About Drop-D Tuning....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by DeCayING, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. DeCayING


    Jun 2, 2003
    I have had several people tell me different definitions of drop-d tuning. One person said it is when you tune your fourth string down one full step to D, and another person said that it is when you tune down all four strings down one step. Which one is right? Are there other types of tuning?
  2. CKYBassist


    Nov 28, 2002
    yes, drop d is where only the E string is tuned down a full step to D.
  3. CursedEarth


    Nov 10, 2002
    Winder, GA
    Drop D tuning is just when you drop the E down a whole step to a D. Nothing more.
    There are many different types of tuning. Tuning is such a broad thing because you can really do it any way you want. But it's usually easier to stick with the basic tunings (normal and drop D) because it's what most people use. So unless you are writing your own music it is better to keep the basics.;)

    Rock n'roll :bassist:
  4. DeCayING


    Jun 2, 2003
    Thanks alot. :) :bassist:
  5. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    If you lower the tuning of ALL you strings, that's called "De-tuning".

    Don't confuse it with "Drop Tuning" - they're different things.
  6. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    When I drop my bass, it needs to be retuned,
    drop retuning.
  7. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs

    when i play...i just use 2 tunings...drop D, and i detune every string a half step(Eb Ab Db Gb)
  8. EEbass04


    Dec 28, 2001
    Lee's Summit:MO
    Drop-D tuning is just dropping the E down to D.
    D-tuning is dropping all strings down a whole step.
    Drop-C tuning is dropping all strings down 1 step then dropping the E(at that time tuned to D) down another step

    I know you didn't ask for Drop-C I just felt like throwing it in there.