Bill and Brent’s trademark techniques
The thick, heavy Mastodon guitar sound comes from tuning all six strings down by a tone (two frets) to DGCFAD. For their other trademark tunings Bill and Brent tune the sixth string down a further tone to C (CGCFAD) or even all the way down to A (AGCFAD). It’s worth setting your guitar up with some heavy gauge strings if you play this kind of stuff all the time. Light gauge strings may be just too slack.
To play like Bill and Brent you’ll need to appreciate their diverse influences, which range from heavy metal and stoner rock to prog, Southern rock and country. Like many progressive bands, they have unconventional techniques and songwriting tricks. Take a look at our tab examples where we explore some of these.