11 Tune down to cover more ground

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Singer-song­writ­ers and any­one play­ing cov­ers has to con­stantly think about the re­la­tion­ship with the vo­cal range and the keys they play in. Tun­ing down a semi­tone (D# G# C# F# A# D#) with your gui­tar can en­able you or your singer to cover more ground as it brings ev­ery­thing down. It adds a darker, heav­ier tonal­ity (and was favoured by Alice In Chains) and can im­pact on in­to­na­tion – you may need a heav­ier gauge, or a truss rod tweak. You even have the op­tion to go back to stan­dard tun­ing by hav­ing your capo on the first fret.

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