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Now Playing / Guitar Tunings
« on: May 18, 2009, 09:39:44 AM »

In most cases, for each separate tuning below, I have listed:
The notes of the retuned guitar's open strings, going from fat string (string 6) to thin string, (string 1) so that standard tuning is represented EADGBE.
A line or two of descriptive text.
An example chord shape for that tuning: obviously there's going to be a an awful lot of feasible chord shapes for most tunings but the fun is in finding them!
Generally you won't know what the notes are for a made-up chord shape in a strange tuning, so let it be a stimulus to creativity-
if you don't know what the notes are then you're forced to really focus on the sounds and what those sounds evoke...
TUNING: DADGBE
Used by: Ry Cooder, John Renbourn and others
Suggestions: known as 'dropped D' tuning- provides a deeper bass for songs in D
Example chord shape:
1st string 2nd fret
2nd string 3rd fret
3rd string 2nd fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DADGBD
Used by: Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, many others
Suggestions: lots of folk things
Example chord shape
second string third fret
third string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DADGAD
Used by: invented by Davy Graham, used by many folk guitarists
Suggestions: if you can be patient enough to find lots of shapes which use strings 6, 5, and 3, a 'sound' useful for playing with fiddle/mandolin etc can be had
Example chord shape
fifth string second fret
sixth string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DADF#AD
Used by: Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Robin Williamson, Missisipi John Hurt
Suggestions: this one is used extensively for blues playing, but it can also be a 'mellow' tuning as well-
try this shape for example (which is not a D, G or A chord)...
Example chord shape
third string eighth fret
fifth string ninth fret
sixth string ninth fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DGDF#AD
Used by: Davy Graham, various blues artists
Suggestions: using the open G on the 5th gives you scope for a variety of G shapes that you can't get in the 'full open D' tuning above
Example chord shape
fifth string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DGDGGD
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: make the most of the resonant second string by keeping it as a drone across different shapes
Example chord shape
fourth string fourth fret
fifth string fourth fret
sixth string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DBDF#BD
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs, once upon a time)
Suggestions: a very 'minor' tuning which can get a bit much very easily!
Example chord shape
second string second fret
third string fifth fret
fourth string fourth fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: CGDGCD
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: this is a good one. There's a lot of potential here
Example chord shape
first string tenth fret
fourth string tenth fret
fifth string ninth fret
sixth string ninth fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: CGCGCE
Used by: John Martyn
Example chord shape
fourth string fifth fret
fifth string second fret
sixth string fifth fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: FGDGG#Eb
or (the same tuning a semitone lower)
rotating dot TUNING: EG#C#F#GD
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: this was discovered by putting a Ravi Shankar (sitar) raga on the record player and twiddling the machine heads until all strings were related to the music on record- consequently some very Eastern sounds can be had
Example chord shape
first string twelfth fret (harmonic)
second string twelfth fret (harmonic)
third string twelfth fret (harmonic)
fourth string twelfth fret (harmonic)
fifth string twelfth fret (harmonic)
sixth string twelfth fret (harmonic)


rotating dot TUNING: F#ADGAC#
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: -another 'sitar-scale-like' tuning, discovered by putting another (sitar) raga on the record player and twiddling the machine heads until all strings were related to the music on record- also good for non-sitar things like Mayonnaisse (Smashing Pumpkins)...
Example chord shape
third string second fret
fourth string second fret
sixth string third fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DF#C#F#AE
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: recently discovered when trying to work out a way to play a song by Eddi Reader called 'It's What You Do With What You've Got'
Example chord shape
first string fourth fret
second string fourth fret
fifth string third fret
sixth string fourth fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: DADEAE
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs).
This sounds a bit like a Dick Gaughan tuning (but it isn't) -it's a good 'un!
Suggestions: hard to use at first but the plethora of 4ths and 5ths can make for a good sound
Example chord shape
third string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: EF#C#GBE
Used by: the author (Richard Ebbs)
Suggestions: I use it for playing the blues/gospel song 'Freedom'
Example chord shape
first string second fret
second string second fret
third string second fret
sixth string second fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: GBDGBD
Used by: possibly Led Zeppelin(?)
Suggestions: you can play Led Zep's 'Rain Song' in this tuning
Example chord shape
second string third fret
fourth string third fret
fifth string third fret
(and the rest open)


rotating dot TUNING: GGDGBD
Used by: Pink Floyd


rotating dot TUNING: EBDGAD
Used by: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young


rotating dot TUNING: CGCGCE
Suggestions: this tuning is useful if you want your guitar to sound like a mandolin (if you want to play Joni Mitchell's Case Of You on a guitar, for example)
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