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Now that we have the low C string to base our riffs around, it makes sense to know where the rest of the notes are. Start by learning the C blues scale, the C dorian scale and the C natural minor scale. You can find lessons on them in the Guitar Fundamentals 2 course and the Rock Style Level 2 Course, or just see the diagrams below.

Knowing where the octaves are in relation to the low C string is really helpful, as it will help you find chords faster.

Open strings are always nice to use, and in a C major context the G, B, E strings all work well. However, in a minor sounding metal context you might want to avoid the open B, and the open high E, and use the other open strings instead, especially the G string and the low C.

Thicker strings

If you plan on tuning down like this often, it might be a good idea to use a low E string that's thicker than normal. In this video I'm using a .056 gauge E string to get a little more resistance. The E string you get in a standard pack of .010's is a .046 gauge.

You can even get custom sets that are called something like "Heavy bottom", where the D, A, and E strings get increasingly heavier in relation to a normal set of strings.

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