We are going to be playing some Rush covers for fun, and I can simply not sing Geddy's vocals when tuned to E. (I have a decent voice, but I am not really a singer) Dropping a half step, I can probably hit 75% of his high vocal notes. If we go down a full step, to D.... I can probably hit 90% of the vocals and fake my way thru the rest (or modify them slightly if it sounds bad). The only problem is, my strings are really loose and sloppy when tuned to D. Lots of fret buzz and noise on the lower strings unless I am really careful about my playing (i.e. I can't get too enthusiastic or it almost sounds like I am slapping). I was thinking of lowering the pick up a little nearestthe lower strings, hoping it might "pick up" a little less, but I doubt it will help much. Does anyone else playing in D much and face problems similar to this one? Or should I just try to force E flat (1/2 step down). I noticed even not going down that extra half step makes a difference. Or is the suggestion just to learn how to play control this change via my playing technique. I am guessing it's going to be a combination of those things, but any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!