Dropped A tuning
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Dropped A tuning is an alternate tuning for a 7 string guitar where the lowest string is tuned down ("dropped") from the standard B by one whole step to A as follows A1-E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4. Also, for a 6 string guitar, dropped A tuning is achieved by tuning all strings down a 4th with the lowest string tuned 1 additional step down as follows A1-E2-A2-D3-F#3-B3. This is a "drop 1" tuning in the key of B (i.e. tune the whole guitar down a perfect fourth from standard tuning, then tune the 6th string a whole step down). As a result, it uses the same fingering as drop D tuning and drop C tuning.
An alternate dropped A tuning utilizes a guitar tuned to E Standard with the 6th string dropped to a low A, resulting in AADGBE with the 6th and 5th strings an octave apart.
Another variation of this tuning is AEADGB, which imitates a 7 on a six-string, excluding the high E.
Another dropped A tuning is AGCFAD ("drop perfect fourth in the key of the D", i.e. whole guitar is tuned down one step, then the lowest string is dropped to A).
AEADGBE / AEADF#BEdit
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- Amon Amarth (on some songs in later albums)
- A.N.I.M.A.L. - from "Poder Latino" to "Combativo" albums
- Asking Alexandria (on some songs in later albums)
- Bleeding Through (on some songs in later albums)
- Betraying the Martyrs (on most songs)
- Blotted Science
- Bury Your Dead (on the album Beauty and the Breakdown, and everything after)
- Chelsea Grin
- Chimaira (on their first album, and some songs on their later albums)
- Coheed and Cambria (on the song "Gravity's Union")
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- A Day to Remember (on the songs "Same Book But Never The Same Page" and "Resentment")
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- Of Mice & Men (on all bonus tracks on their album The Flood, and some tracks on their albums Restoring Force, Cold World, and Defy)
- Parkway Drive (on a few songs from Deep Blue)
- Periphery (on their cover of Slipknot's "The Heretic Anthem")
- Pop Evil (on the song "Waking Lions")
- Sleeping With Sirens (on select songs from How It Feels To Be Lost)
- Suicide Silence
- Sunn O)))
- Thy Art Is Murder
- Times of Grace (on a few songs)
- Upon a Burning Body
- Winterfylleth (on some songs)
- Within Temptation (on some songs)
- Wovenwar (on their album Honor Is Dead)
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- Filter (on "Welcome to the Fold")
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- Helmet (on "Biscuits for Smut")
- Weasel Walter of Lake of Dracula
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- Neurosis (on all albums since Through Silver in Blood, along with drop D tuning and standard E tuning)
- Oxygen Thief (on "Self-Righting Mechanism" from album The Half-Life of Facts and EP One Day This Will All Be Fields)
- Radiohead (on "Bangers + Mash")
- Rage Against the Machine (on "Calm Like a Bomb")
- Them Crooked Vultures (on "No One Loves Me & Neither Do I", "Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up" and "Caligulove")
- Dez Nagle and Jo Ardiles of The Safety Fire
- Thrice (on "The Earth Will Shake" from Vheissu)
- Muse (on "Citizen Erased" and "Supremacy")
- Opeth (on "Sorceress")
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