Sorry, perhaps I'm misunderstanding your meaning but that's nonsense. Different tunings just mean different sounds. There's several guitar masterpieces composed in alternate tunings. And the OP wasn't even talking about an alternate tuning, but tuning the entire guitar a half-step down. What does "hearing stuff shifted down a semitone mean?" Perhaps you meant something else?Originally Posted by Revenant
I do agree with earlier posters that it is better to stick with normal tuning and build up the strength (if that is the only reason to downtune).