Pete Prown is a “noted American guitaraist and music journalist” who has written many guitar books including ‘Legends of Rock Guitar’ which he co-wrote with author and guitarist HP Newquist and ‘Shred!: The Ultimate Guide to Warp-Speed Guitar’ which he co-wrote with Rich Maloof. Pete is the GEAR EDITOR at VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE and is also the leader of the “progressive rock” band Guitar Garden. Pete’s guitar music can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GuitarGarden.
HOW LOW Can YOU Go? by PETE PROWN
The Art of Drop Tunings and Heavy Strings
One of the hippest sonic innovations over the past decade or two has been the popular use of drop tunings, notably among heavy rock, metal, and alternative players. The advantage of drop tunings is that it pushes the range of standard-scale guitars down into lower ranges–not quite to that of the electric bass or Fender Bass VI, but roughly in the same territory as longer-scale baritone guitars.