Dealing with different tunings on stage

Can guitars in different tunings play together?

Guitars are most common tuned to E standard (E A D G B e). But it is totally fine if one guitar is tuned to open A (D A d f# a d’) and the other to E standard. They don’t have to be in the same tuning in order to play together.

How do you play alternate tunings?

In an alternate tuning, you need to identify the open string that the tuning is based on. So for open D tuning, that would be the D string. From there, try to figure out the difference between that D string and the string up. This will help you make the necessary adjustments to your scale patterns.

Should you have different guitars for different tunings?

You should use different guitars for different tunings because using the same instrument and changing the tuning will cause the strings to be fatigued in a very short amount of time.

Is it okay to change guitar tunings?

Yes. It’s not bad because guitar strings are meant to be tuned all the time, and guitars are built to tune up strings for decades. However, tuning the same set of strings to different tunings, hence also subjecting them to different tensions often, will result to what’s called metal fatigue.

Why use open G tuning?

One of the reasons to tune your guitar to open G tuning is to make it easier to play certain chords. For instance, the G chord can be played in an open position, while most other major chords can be created in this tuning by using a simple barre fingering. This makes open G ideal for slide guitar enthusiasts, too.

What is the most versatile guitar tuning?

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Is it OK to mix and match guitar strings?

For the most part, it’s fine to mix different brands of strings. Strings will affect the tone of your instrument, and if you’re mixing old and new strings, this will be more noticeable. If you’re going to be mixing different gauges or types of strings, then make sure you know what you’re doing.

Can you play a song in different tuning?

Can you play a song in different tunings on the same guitar without changing your strings? Sure. However, the more often you change tunings, the quicker you have to get new strings. The solution, of course, is to own multiple guitars.

Can you play two different chords at the same time?

Yes, polychords are exactly that: two chords at the same time. But depending on how you voice it, it can effectively be an extended harmony chord.

Do the bass and guitar have to be in the same tuning?

Guitar and bass don’t have to be in the same tuning, but it often makes sense to keep them close. For example, if you’re playing chords on the guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E), you might want the bass to be in standard tuning as well (E-A-D-G). That way, the two instruments will be in harmony with each other.

Why do bass players not change strings?

They purposely don’t change the strings because they don’t want to lose “that sound” or because they’re superstitious or nostalgic about the instrument. There’s nothing wrong with any of these approaches.

Is it OK to take all strings off bass guitar?

Let’s look a bit deeper: You can change strings either by removing all of its strings and replacing the entire set at once, or by removing and replacing each string, one at a time, without damaging your guitar.