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Alternative Tuning

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Guitar Theory Forum · 8/5/2009 8:51 AM
What are your opinions on alternative tunings?

Sometimes when I hear/see players like Ani DiFranco od Michael Hedges playing in alternate tuning I'm inspired by the sounds that they can get and the freedom with which they can play.

Sometimes using these causes you to think more musically because you can't count on your scales or patterns.

Any opinions?
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Re: Alternative Tuning

8/5/2009 9:13 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I used to think that they were not worth trying, but in the last few years I have tried them.

I like the double dropped D that Neil Young uses for Cinnamon Girl, and open G. Open G is also used on banjo and dobro, and is favored by Keith Richards. I like to play around on slide guitar with open G a bit. Another good thing about these 2 tunings is that they don't put more tension on the neck than a standard tuning, and you still have some strings in standard tuning too.



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8/5/2009 11:19 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

I enjoy it when I do retune. I love the D open tuning as I learned to play a few songs such as Peter Frampton's "Penny for your Thoughts" by mistake one day many, many moons ago.

I am originally from Hawaii so in my younger days I learned a little slack key styles which utilizes open tunings as well as alternates. To conciously play certain style's it is a necessary evil. Maybe I will try it with the slide one day.

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Re: Alternative Tuning

8/13/2009 2:09 PM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

I am a huge fan of many alternative tunings, for the the very reasons you hinted at. It really gets me out of the 'box' I grew up in.
Joni Mitchell used a number of them.
I was lucky enough to see Michael Hedges just before he passed away....wow. Those were some great tunings.

These tunings open doors for me. I have a magician friend, who is also a musician. He introduced me to a tuning I have never heard before, but will post when I remember it!

DADGBD is of course popular, but there are infinite others.....DGDGBD...etc.
Getting your low E all the way down to C and going from there is also interesting. CGCGCE....Greg Brown comes to mind, as in "Brand New Dodge".

Great topic.
CL



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Re: Alternative Tuning

11/4/2009 1:45 AM

Charles Ross, Jr (538) wrote:

Hey I like Standard and Drop D tuning

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Re: Alternative Tuning

11/4/2009 1:44 AM

Charles Ross, Jr (538) wrote:

My best tuning is Standard or D tuning.Because I like how the notes or the chords sounds.