Tuning to Eb

rafke182

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Hi Y,all

I have a question for you about tuning your guitar to Eb.

What if your guitar is tuned to E standard and you play a blues song in Key of A, the first shape of pentatonic starts at the 5th fret of the low E.

Where does the first shape on A begin when your guitar is tuned to Eb, does it start at the 4th or 6th fret?

Sorry for the noob question...
 

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Visualize it this way...

If you're in Eb and put a capo on the first fret, you are now in E, right?... count up five frets and that puts you on the 6th.
 

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I used to keep a Strat or two tuned to Eb or D and it made them sound huge. 10s tuned to Eb will do a mean SRV! However, when I started gigging my Kemper, I preferred to use the transpose FX and keep all of my guitars tuned standard. Now that I am back to tubes, I may drop the tuning on one of the Strats again.
 

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I can't speak for others, but if I am not in an open tuning (for Stones songs or slide of sorts), I always play in standard. it's hard enough for me to keep track of things in standard - LOL

Playing along with recordings and/or backing tracks while tuned to Eb almost always requires a capo. More trouble than it's worth. And, playing out only really works if everyone is in Eb. Again, more trouble than it's worth... for me.
 

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Thanks guys, this means a lot to me

I find my strat sounds a lot better now.

Does many of you play exclusifly in Eb or standard tuning?
Always in standard for me.
 

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If everyone is tuned 1/2 step down, then you typically just play the instruments as if they were tuned to normal E.

I can't imagine tuning just 1 instrument in a band differently.......that would be pure hell.
 

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Thanks guys, this means a lot to me

I find my strat sounds a lot better now.

Does many of you play exclusifly in Eb or standard tuning?
The SweatHogs play everything in Eb. The audience has no clue. Makes a 2 hour set MUCH easier on the vocalists, who are a trio of old men trying to sound like Rock's top vocalists in their prime.
 


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