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strange yet practical new tunings

i'm not a terribly technical player, but i play around with a lot of tunings.

two of my favorites are to tune in drop d, then tune the high e to d as well, or tune in drop d, then tune the high e all the way down to match the b and play them together.

anyway, i'm interested to here what other people do with tuning that are out of the ordinary. maybe mine aren't unique at all. hit me with some new things to try.

onward
eric
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12/19/2001 12:24 PM

James Woods (2746) wrote:

Try this one, it will give a Sitar like voicing.

DADADE

james



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1/17/2002 10:11 AM

Tim Cowley (49) wrote:

Toni Iommi tunes his guitar down a whole step (D G C F A D)to facilitate string bending. He lost the tips of his middle and ring finger in an industrial accident, and this helps him to feel the strings. He also includes alot of bending in his songs, and this tuning makes playing them alot easier.

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12/19/2001 12:58 PM

Robert De Groot (4781) wrote:

The tuning you describe is usually referred to as drop d tuning, but the high e string is not altered. Alot of popular groups use drop d tuning, because you can get power chords out of the top 3 strings, and it is quite easy to get neat sounds. Hendrix and SRV always used a half step down tuning Eb,Ab,Db,Gb,Bb,Eb. Some bands are doing that, and then taking the top Eb down another step to Db. Richie Havens, as I recall, was one of the first to utilize different tunings. He, for instance had the guitar tuned so that it played the E chord when strummed, this way he could play major chords by just placing one finger across the neck. At the third fret he would get a G chord, at the 7th a B.

Here's another to try C G C G B E

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12/19/2001 4:09 PM

Erling Thyrhaug (1059) wrote:

also nick drake and joni mitchell are annoyingly keen on using altered tunings - which makes it relatively diificult to listen their songs off record.

ALSO:
The guitarist in the progressive rock band King Crimson tunes his guitar like an somewhat extended viola. (ie. CGD.. etc.), but I think he uses some kind of special strings. -appareantly, this rather odd tuning drifted past him when he was driving past the village church somewher in mid-england. weird

ET



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12/20/2001 11:30 AM

Eric Aldrich (142) wrote:

i've figured out some cool tunings trying to learn nick drake songs. i'm not sure if its right, but i play Pink Moon in dadgbd.



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12/20/2001 4:32 PM

Chester Horton (10480) wrote:

hi Eric
the Tuning to Nick Drakes Pink Moon is called "Open Cadd4 tuning" It is C G C F C E
to play Pink Moon he tuned this way and capoed at 2. Here are the chord shapes relative to the capo
C
G7sus4
F/A
Dm7
G
G9sus4
G9add4

Can give you an accurate chord chart with lyrics if you want. Let me know and I will send it privately so as not to violate any Copyright laws or anything.
Chet
PS this tuning and chords come from an old Guitar World Acoustic edition







F
F9sus4
Dm9
F/C





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12/27/2001 1:34 AM

Eric Aldrich (142) wrote:

wow... thank you very much! this is great



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12/20/2001 4:34 PM

Chester Horton (10480) wrote:

Sorry the chords charts got seperated . I should have previewed. Someday i will learn
Chet

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12/19/2001 7:05 PM

David Pruiksma (1472) wrote:

beadf#b

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12/30/2001 2:46 PM

Jake Lizzio (985) wrote:

This is what System of a Down does.
Tune your whole guitar down 1 step. Now you have DGCFAD. Now drop the low D to a C, so you have CGCFAD. This is like playing in Drop D, but 1 step lower (Drop C?) It still allows you to play those three-string power chords, and it gives a you a much more evil and crunched sound. As far as I know, all S.O.A.D. songs are in that tuning.
Jake



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12/30/2001 3:37 PM

Jake Ottinger (11) wrote:

Here's what I do
B E A D G B
It's way low and I can still play songs in E.
I don't get into playing leads so I don't worry about dropping the high E. When I get a 7 string then I can have the high E back but with proper strings this sounds way heavy. I got a set of strings for a 7 string and I am not breaking so many strings as when I just tuned down a regular set.

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