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Bit of an odd question I know, but if you guys ever do cover songs, do you play them in their original tuning, or in your own tuning?

The reason I ask, is my band is gonna cover a song, and the song is originally in D# standard, but we're either gonna be covering it in dropped C, or B standard. Sacrilege or not? The song is this...

 

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I think it depends on the song, really. Some songs work in a different tuning, and others don't.

Just dont drop tune. :yesway:
 

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I'd say play it in your band's tuning unless it just sounds wrong. It will add more of your band's "flavor" to it and help make it more of a cover and less of a performance of someone else's song.
 

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I'd say play it in your band's tuning unless it just sounds wrong. It will add more of your band's "flavor" to it and help make it more of a cover and less of a performance of someone else's song.
QFT.

We do all our covers in Bb/Eb, regardless. Some work better than other but no issues yet
 

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I've found 2 things about changing the tuning. You can get away with going 1/2 step lower than the original, but I wouldn't go any lower than that, otherwise it changes the feel of the song. And you can never go up in tuning for a cover, because it sounds totally wrong.
 

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In Pharaoh, we covered a New Model army song that was originally played on half-step detuned guitars, and we tuned it up (specifically, from Ab to A)!

The whole point of a cover is to put your own spin on it, so who cares what key it's in?
 

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I think it really depends on the song and what you want to do with it. I sometimes cover pop songs that were originally in 6-string standard that I do in 7-string standard and take the notes about an octave lower.

I've found 2 things about changing the tuning. You can get away with going 1/2 step lower than the original, but I wouldn't go any lower than that, otherwise it changes the feel of the song. And you can never go up in tuning for a cover, because it sounds totally wrong.
I strongly disagree.

1 whole step up from the original tuning (from D standard to E standard):


(Although we are playing on seven strings and a six-string bass, we never use the B string)
 
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