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ALternate Tunings

I've just recently begun experimenting with alternate tunings - I saw the Dave Matthews "Songwriters" show and was awed and inspired. Also, Sheryl Crow plays a cut on her most recent album in a cool tuning that she said was inspired by the Appalacian music she listened to growing up. Any suggestions where to start my quest? I'd be greatful for tuning and chord chart postings.
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2/11/2000 1:49 PM

Craig Smoot (906) wrote:



I know it's been awhile since I've hit the [fret]Buzz, but work has me abso-friggin'-lutely swamped.  Anyhoo, check out this "Alternate / Open Tunings Page" that I put up on my band's site for a schlew of open tuning ideas.  I started getting into open and alternative tunings when I was learning to play slide, but the tunings themselves have opened many doors to new songs and unorthodox chordings that would have never come about had I not experimented with those tunings.  I'm tellin' ya folks, if you're ever in a rut or have writer's block, tune that sum'b---- to sumpin' funky and watch the creative juices flow!



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2/19/2000 8:55 PM

George Alexandrovich (6) wrote:

Hey there...can anyone help me out with an Eflat tuning?? PLEASE??

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2/15/2000 10:05 PM

Chris Healy (3) wrote:

I taught myself guitar from the AniTabs website before I discovered WholeNote. Ani DiFranco, the little folksinger from hell, uses alternate tunings for most of her songs and the tab website at http://www.netspace.org/~leigh/ani/ contains transcription of most of her songs. If you're not into her music, you could just use the index of songs by tuning for ideas on how to tune your guitar, or if you want to play her stuff, the tabs and tunings are all there. I'd recommend you check her music out for some good songs in crazy tunings (she makes up her own and rarely uses tunings as conventional as open D and the like.) That's how I got into alternate tunings, anyway. Now I retune my guitar for almost every song I play. It would drive some people nuts, but you get good at retuning by ear pretty fast. Use an electronic tuner to teach yourself, but ditch it when you don't need it anymore. The ear beats all for retuning fast. You can actually create good tunings by just altering one string from standard: EADGAE, EACGBE (makes Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews easy), DADGBE (drop-D), EADGBD, EADGCE, EADF#BE, EGDGBE (fret your low E at the third for a G drone in the bass if you're playing in G)...the possibilities are endless. Make up your own tunings. If you write songs, it can be part of the creative process. Like I said, an electronic tuner certainly has its uses. Hope I've helped a bit.
-=Chris=-

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11/1/2000 10:52 AM

Chris Sims (6) wrote:

hey there
We have a tool that is really cool for alternate tunings. Check out the next step in partial capos. We have a single stringed movable capo system that allows for any tuning or any chords instantly. Check out photos and details at www3.sympatico.ca/abacuscapo
Thanks
Jonathan

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11/1/2000 1:35 PM

Steve Suomu (680) wrote:

This is a fun area to play around with. Alternate tunings allow combinations that would otherwise be impossible.
There are as many tunings as your imagination, Chris mentioned but a few. Drop D (DADGBE) and Double Drop D (DADGBD) are good for having the D drone. DADGAD is still a popular choice. I think the beauty of these tunings is how you can incorporate the open strings with the fretted notes (letting the open strings ring).
For good examples of this technique check out Rick Payman's lessons (he uses standard tunings but with great use of the open strings.)
Hope this helps.
Steve

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11/2/2000 10:15 PM

Bruce Roark (646) wrote:

Jim, thanks for the sites... very cool.

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