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  1. DavidLylis

    DavidLylis Aspiring Bluesman

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    Does anybody know why SRV tuned down to Eb?
     
  2. Paleo

    Paleo Theory, Solos, Licks

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    One reason might be because it's easier to bend those "piano" strings.
     
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  3. DavidLylis

    DavidLylis Aspiring Bluesman

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    Thanks. I have never tried this but it surprises me a 1/2 step makes that much difference. I guess any help is a positive
     
  4. arock

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    In my band we do it to make it easier for the singer.
     
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  5. snarf

    snarf musician wannabe

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    Was going to say the same thing. I know several folks that tune down a half step to make it easier to hit the higher notes.
     
  6. dvs

    dvs Green Mountain Blues

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    Pretty sure he did it to mess with people trying to play along with his recordings.
     
  7. DavidLylis

    DavidLylis Aspiring Bluesman

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    Well, then it works))
     
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  8. MikeS

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    I fooled him! One click in Riffmaster Pro and it's in E!
     
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  9. DavidLylis

    DavidLylis Aspiring Bluesman

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    I'm tellin'
     
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  10. david moon

    david moon Attempting the Blues

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    I thought it was to get a fatter tone with larger strings and then make them easier to bend with reducing the tension. But what do I know.
     
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  11. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    From an interview with his guitar tech, Rene Martinez:
    When he asked Stevie why he tuned to Eb.
    SRV's answer:
    "I can't sing in E; it's gotta be in E-flat."


    For those who believe in an after live, ask Stevie when you see him
     
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  12. Rancid Rumpboogie

    Rancid Rumpboogie Blues Mangler

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    Because if he went all the way down to D his strings fell off?
     
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  13. Paleo

    Paleo Theory, Solos, Licks

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    That would be "Drop D".
     
  14. david moon

    david moon Attempting the Blues

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    I don't think so. Drop D is dropping the low E string to D. In some keys that low D is cool. Other "open" chords like G or A can be played with either modified fingering or selective muting.

    SRV dropped the whole guitar down a half step.

    I have a few basses where I have installed a Hipshot tuner to drop the E string, usually to D. If the tune is in D that low D is nice to have. Lower notes such as on a B string on a 5-string bass, not so much.
     
  15. Elio

    Elio Student Of The Blues

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    I think he meant that as a joke. ...going down to D and the strings "drop off". You have to read it in conjunction with RR's.
     
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    PapaRaptor A Legend in my own Living Room
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    One of the things I have to keep doing is remind myself that not everyone shares my snotty, sarcastic sense of humor. There is only one person on the planet who gets all my jokes. It's just too bad he's crazy as a loon.
     
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    I'm afraid that Loons would be insulted by that remark.
     
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    That's why I talk to myself, I found someone who cares and understands. :whistle:
     
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    Elio Student Of The Blues

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    I can't tell you how many times I have dropped an amazingly witty and absolutely hysterical retort into a post only to have it met with ...crickets. Followed by me thinking, "oh crap, they took me seriously!"
     
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