Top 7 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Guitar Tunings

There are many different guitar tunings used in Rock and Metal music in addition to standard tuning. Guitarists in these genres like using these settings because they give a heavier and darker sound to their music.

Some of the more popular settings used are Dropped D, Droped C, Drop B, E Flat, D, C and open G. Here are the descriptions of how to set strings and some of the bands that use them .

Droped D tuning:

E ———- 1. string

B – ——— 2. string

G —– —– 3. string

D ———- 4. string

A — ——- 5. string

D —- —— 6. string (thickest)

This tuning allows one to play power sources on the lowest three strings and produces a dark sound with it. If you're music does not match this dark sound, you can place a capo on the 2nd fret and still can easily play power chords.

Some bands using Dropped D tuning are:

Alice in Chains Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Led Zepplin, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Silver Chair, Soundgarden and Velvet Revolver.

Droped C tuning:

D ———- 1. string

A ———- 2. string

F —– —– 3. string

C ———- 4. string

G ———- 5. string

C —– —– 6. string (thickest)

Droped C tuning is Droped D with each string lowered an entire step. Dropped C tuning produces a very low and heavy sound and is used by many of the new Heavy Metal bands.

Some bands using Dropped C tuning are:

30 seconds to Mars, Atreyu, Buckethead, Bullet for My Valentine, Child of Bodom, Goodmack, Bad Religion, Metallica, Mudvayne, POD, Papa Roach, Rammstein, Shadows Fall, System of a Down, Three Days Grace and Ozzy Osbourne.

Droped B tuning:

C # — ——- 1. string

G # ———- 2. string

E — ——- 3. string

B —– —– 4. string

F # ——— 5. strand

B – ——– 6. string (thickest)

This setting requires a heavier measure of strings to be effective. You may also need to expand the strings and adjust the tension in the throat of your guitar.

Some bands using Dropped B tuning are:

Audioslave, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Mudvayne, Slipknot and Stone Sour.

Eb tuning:

Eb ——— 1. string

Bb ——— 2. string

Gb ——– 3. string

Db ——— 4. string

Ab ——— 5. string

Eb ——— 6. string (thickest)

This setting is Standard tuning depreciated half a step. There are a few reasons why bands use this tuning instead of Standard tuning. One reason to sound heavier by using heavy strings. By setting half a step, it is easier to bend these heavy target strings. Another reason why some bands use this tuning is to compliment the voice of the singers.

Bands using Eb tuning are:

Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Dream Theater, Guns N & Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Megadeth, Metallica, Motorhead, Nirvana, Poison, Slayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan , Stone Sour, Van Halen, Weezer and Yngwie Malmsteen.

D tuning:

D ———- 1. string

A ———- 2. string

F —— —- 3. string

C ———- 4. string

G ———– 5. string

D —– —– 6. string (thickest)

D tuning is also known as the whole step down tuning and as you probably guessed, it's Standard tuning set a complete step. D tuning has been used primarily in Heavy Metal music.

Bands that have used D tuning are:

Alice in chains, The Beatles, Bullet For My Valentine, Bob Dylan, The Children of the Bodies, Dream Theater, Guns N & # 39; Roses, Motley Crue, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Racer X and Soundgarden.

C tuning:

C ———- 1. string

G ——— 2. string

Eb ——- – 3. string

Bb ——— 4. string

F ———- 5. string [19659002] C ——– – 6. string (thickest)

C tuning also produces a low sound, mainly used by Hard Rock and Metal bands. Tuning is 2 full steps under Standard tuning, giving it a heavy sound, but still maintaining the same intervals as Standard tuning.

Bands that have used C tuning are:

Atreyu, Black Sabbath, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Dream Theater, Jimi Hendrix, POD, Stone Age Queens, Slipknot, Steve Vai and The Who.

G tuning:

D ———- 1. string

B ———- 2. string

G —— —- 3. string

D ———- 4. string

G ———- 5. string

D —— —- 6. string (thickest)

In addition to Drop D tuning, G Tuning is one of the most popular alternative guitar tunings

Some bands that have used G tuning are:

Rolling Stones , The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam.

These are just some of the alternative guitar options available for you to experiment with. Play around with them and see what moods fit your music style.

Source by Johnny Stall

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