I have three guitars that I mainly play:
- 25.5 scale length - Tuned to D standard
- 24.75 scale length) - Tuned to E flat standard
- 25.5 scale length (7 string) - Tuned to E standard (B 7th string)
Inspired by Troy’s video about practicing at faster speeds, I recently started practicing at faster BPMs, which I never used to do. I always tried to play ultra clean at moderate speeds and never really sped up to fast speeds. Anyway, I’ve noticed that licks that I have trouble playing fast and clean on the D standard guitar are much easier to play on the E flat or E standard guitars. I’m practicing a lot of Symphony X licks and I’m wondering, is it normal that it’s harder to play with the loss of string tension when tuning down to D standard? How does Michael Romeo do it (aside from being an elite player)? I believe he uses 10-46 strings, which I also use. It is commonly understood that E standard is ideal for shredding?