Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cool guitar tunings to try

I love experimenting with different guitar tunings. It's fun to take everything you know about how to make chords in standard tuning (eadgbe) and throw it out the window. I began experimenting with different guitar tunings very soon after I started to learn how to play. One of the first I fooled around with was one I made up, although I'm sure it's been used before, I just have never seen it used anywhere else. It's (dadabe) The problem is tuning the g up to an a, careful, I've had the string snap many times when tuning up. The reason I ended up with this tuning is I couldn't reach a particular chord I was trying to hit unless I tuned the G up an A, and I was already in drop D.

One tuning that I've really enjoyed screwing around with lately is based on the G "mali" tuning. E up to G, A down to G, D,G, B and E stay the same. Pretty simple!(ggdgbe) This is basically a g-major 6 tuning and you can use both g's as a powerful drone while you go nuts on the strings above. Tweak the b down to a b-flat and now you have a g-minor with a mean sounding tri-tone on top(ggdg b-flat e) Now, for yet another cool sound, tweak the e up a half step to an f. Now you have (ggdg b-flat f) which is a g minor 7th chord.

I love experimenting with different tunings on a banjo as well, but I'm not going to go into that right now, just tune the b up to c for a sus4 sound known as the "high and lonesome sound." This was a common tuning used by pickers in the appalachian mountains around the turn of the century. (gdgcd)

28 comments:

Child of Darkness said...

Cool. I kind of assumed that there were an almost unlimited number of ways to tune a guitar. I especially like the g minor 6 tuning with the tritone. Tritones are cool. Diablous en Musica...ooooh scary. Though it is a scary sounding interval used by literally every single metal band that has ever been in existance at some point in time. I guess the use of alternate tunings makes sense in simplifying the hand positions for certain chords and their inversions.

Robb said...

I can only strum a few chords with with standard tuning so I don't think I'm ready to try anything else yet. I know people use drop D a lot but I never really thought about changing it to make chords easier to play.

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