It's probably more correct to call the Drop-D tuning a Dropped-D tuning. However you say it doesn't really matter. What matters is getting your bass even lower! Musicians in general, especially rock musicians are familiar with the Dropped-D on guitar even if they don't use it. But, it's a great way to get more out of your bass. With a little practice you'll be able to drop to a D low string when you need it and tune back up easily. The technique is simple tune your E-string down until it becomes a D note. A tuner is an easy way to do that. But, you can just tune off your normal D-string. Keep hitting both strings alternately as you drop your low string. You'll soon reach a perfect octave. If you miss it, don't worry. Just go up a try again. Bands as radically different as Pink Floyd and Nirvana have all used Dropped-D tuning on their basses. Why not give it a shot yourself?
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