C tuning (guitar)
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C tuning is a type of guitar tuning. The strings of the guitar are tuned two whole steps lower than standard tuning. The resulting notes can be described as either C-F-A♯-D♯-G-C or more often C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C.
The tuning is commonly used by metal and hard rock artists to achieve a heavier, deeper sound. It also makes bending easier for the player than in E standard using the same gauge of strings. Heavier gauge strings can be used in order to maintain tension in the strings. It is possible to play without them, but difficulty can be experienced as it becomes quite easy to unintentionally bend notes and chords out of tune. However, the ease of bends can be desirable, depending on playing style of the musician.
- Jimi Hendrix (In the song "Here My Train A' Comin' (Acoustic)")
- Defeated Sanity
- Acid Bath
- Acid King
- Arch Enemy (2001–present)
- Scorpions (on "321")
- Planet Of Zeus
- Sativa Root
- Dala Sun
- Dissection (on Reinkaos)
- Dream Theater (used on "As I Am", "Honor Thy Father" and "In the Name of God" on Train of Thought and also on "A Nightmare to Remember" on Black Clouds & Silver Linings)
- Entombed (From Clandestine onward)
- Electric Wizard
- Full of Hell
- Goat Horn
- High on Fire
- Katatonia (all albums since Viva Emptiness)
- Monster Magnet
- Paradise Lost (first two albums)
- Queens of the Stone Age (used exclusively on their debut album, after which C standard, E standard and various other tunings were used)
- In Flames(all up until Reroute to Remain – since then, they drop the low string to A#)
- Cradle of Filth (In "Better to Reign in Hell" from Damnation and a Day)
- Salticid (in "Black Fly")
- The Smashing Pumpkins (in "The Everlasting Gaze" "Lucky 13" and "The Imploding Voice")
- Static-X (all up until Shadow Zone – since then, they drop the low string to A#)
- Nick Drake
- Noah And The Whale
- Judas Priest (on "Dead Meat", "Brain Dead", and "Cathedral Spires")
- The Black Dahlia Murder
- The Ransack (on the Bloodline album)
- John Butler
- Soundgarden (in "4th of July" from Superunknown)
- Sodom (in "Masquerade in Blood")
- The Sword
- A Wanted Awakening
- The Wretched Deceased
- Festering Remains (used extensively on their first ep Time I)
- Six Feet Under
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