Quick, dumb question RE: tuning

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  1. teleblueman

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    So, I want to learn "Home Sweet Home" from Motley Crue, and it's tuned down a whole step (from E to D).
    I want to play this song as a cover and our singer sings it "like the record"
    Obviously can't tune down for one song.
    What are my options?

    Thanks ahead of time:)
     
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    I am not going to say "kick your singer in the nuts so he can hit the higher notes". that would be uncouth. so I guess getting another guitar is your only option.

    well, you could tune down a step and use a capo on the other songs.

    does your bass player have an extra bass?
     
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    Or you can try a detune pedal. But a dedicated guitar is better. Or transpose the chords, if possible
     
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    Are we listening to the same record? That song's standard tuning in C.
     
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    Good Question. It's not really a difficult song, but when I tried to play along with the lead guitar , something was just wrong. Then, when I looked at all the You Tube tutorials and covers, they are all tuned down a whole step.
    The mystery deepens!
     
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    I pulled up the original on Amazon Music. I's definitely in C, and my mediocre lead skills seem to think you can stay in C during the detours into Ab and Bb.

    This must be part of some shadowy conspiracy by the Mötley Illüminati.

    Can you post some links to what you found?
     
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    Just play "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, in standard tuning, in G, C, and D.

    The lead singer will never know the difference.

    :(
     
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    D tune pedal.

    Or another guitar. Cheap option, if you have another guitar.

    The bass player is on his own. He may only have to tune down his E string?

    Didn't listen to the original. Not sure where he's at.

    Good luck, have fun.
     
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    Have the singer buy a cheap used Squire, and let you tune it down and borrow it for all the gigs he wants to sing detuned music at. Voila.
     
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    Use a backup guitar.
     
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    Seriously, should the guitarist and bass player have to detune or buy additional instruments just because the singer won't transpose up by one tone?

    Get the singer to sing it higher. If he won't, get a different singer.

    Sorry folks, I'm in tell-it-like-it-is mode today.

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    Could you simply transpose the chords down a step - playing barre chords for some ( like the G-? Gflat ) - or, as others have said, see if the singer can play it up a step? I understand the desire to "play along" with the song while you're learning it, but, once you've got it down, the only reason to go down a step during a live performance of the tune is to accommodate the vocalist.
     
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    Sorry - dupe post...
     
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