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Playing Drop D songs in D standard

Pedro Moreira

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Hi guys

I only have one guitar, it is tuned to E standard and i don't want to change the tuning. My plan is to buy a second guitar that i will always have tuned to Drop D.

While i don't buy that second guitar, can i use the Digitech Drop pedal with my E standard guitar to play Drop D songs?

I mean by lowering the tuning by a whole step and playing in D Standard

Thank you for your help
 
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    Depending on the song, it could make it VERY hard to play. One of the benefits of drop d tuning is that you can play power chords with one finger, and typically that is used to do a lot of fast chording.

    If the guitar has a fixed bridge (no whammy bar), switching between standard and drop D is a 15-second thing.
     
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    Pedro Moreira

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    Depending on the song, it could make it VERY hard to play. One of the benefits of drop d tuning is that you can play power chords with one finger, and typically that is used to do a lot of fast chording.

    If the guitar has a fixed bridge (no whammy bar), switching between standard and drop D is a 15-second thing.

    It's not a fixed bridge guitar, that's why i don't want to change the tuning from E standard. It's a 2011 black Schecter Synyster Gates Deluxe.

    Maybe i should just play E standard songs, and use a drop pedal to play Eb Standard, D Standard, C Standard, etc.

    And then get a fixed bridge guitar, and tune it to Drop D, that way using the pedal i will be able to play in Drop D, Drop C, Drop B, etc.

    Do you recommend any fixed bridge guitar for playing in Drop tunings?

    Drop D is just the low E string dropped two frets. Some riffs can be an absolute nightmare if you play them in D standard

    ok, then i should get a second guitar for playing in drop tunings (y)
     
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    Hi guys

    I only have one guitar, it is tuned to E standard and i don't want to change the tuning. My plan is to buy a second guitar that i will always have tuned to Drop D.

    While i don't buy that second guitar, can i use the Digitech Drop pedal with my E standard guitar to play Drop D songs?

    I mean by lowering the tuning by a whole step and playing in D Standard

    Thank you for your help
    That's how I do it. One in standard, one in drop D + the drop Pedal.
    Never thought about playing drop D Songs in D Standard. Actually I think that might Not be so Bad after all. But of course that only works more or less when the Song doesn't involve playing Open Strings.
     
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    Depending on the song, it could make it VERY hard to play. One of the benefits of drop d tuning is that you can play power chords with one finger, and typically that is used to do a lot of fast chording.

    If the guitar has a fixed bridge (no whammy bar), switching between standard and drop D is a 15-second thing.
    Glad you put that last tidbit in there 😂
    You saved me when I was trying to drop tune with my trem bridge Lol.
     
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    That's how I do it. One in standard, one in drop D + the drop Pedal.
    Never thought about playing drop D Songs in D Standard. Actually I think that might Not be so Bad after all. But of course that only works more or less when the Song doesn't involve playing Open Strings.
    It's not as hard as youd think. It should be easier.. it's the more natural play to play the scales.