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Discussions regarding the use of alternate tunings, and how alternate tunings can enhance the musicality of guitar music.

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Comment by Jud Hair on November 22, 2011 at 12:19pm

Hey Guy ... thanks.  I also like to play Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" in Drop D and "Old Laughing Lady" in Double Drop D.  "Rocky Mountain High" by Denver as well.

Heh heh, I wish I was good enough to play "Embryonic Journey", sigh.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on November 22, 2011 at 11:57am

@Jud - guess I am following you from the Seagull group.  Songs for Dropped D

Embryonic Journey - Jorma Kaukonen

Beeswing - Richard Thompson

Country Roads - James Taylor

Poems and Prayers and Promises - John Denver

If you feel adventuresome try Come Toghether by the Beatles with dropped D

Double Dropped D

Cinnamon Man - Neil Young

Every night When the Sun Goes Down - Tom Rush



Comment by Rich McDonough on September 21, 2011 at 12:12pm

Wow, love what I have seen on this site.


Comment by Ed Mehollin on August 5, 2011 at 10:16am
Very pretty Mike. Thanks for posting.
Comment by Mike Nepper on August 5, 2011 at 5:31am

Here is a link to my 2006 arrangement of Eleanor Rigby in CGDGBD.This is one of those where the song just sort of fell out of the tuning. I'm playing it here on my 1995 Breedlove C10 which carries the bass in this low tuning very well. Laurence Juber does a similar arrangement on LJ Beatles Vol. II, only his is in CGDGAD. 

Comment by MacKinley Petrie on August 2, 2011 at 8:04pm

Hey everyone, I'm a big fan of The John Butler Trio.
I suggest trying out his Open C tuning =D
The top E and G stay the same, and the B goes up to C


Sounds really good on a 12-string. =D

Comment by Mike Nepper on July 7, 2011 at 6:41pm
I'm a big fan of DADGAD for about 10 years now. I have a few vidoes posted on my page. Check out Louise, Moonglow, Antiques Roadshow, and one or two others that are DADGAD arrangements. I do use other tunings, but DADGAD seems to work for me the best.
Comment by Jud Hair on July 6, 2011 at 12:08pm
@ Michael ... I've tried Open E and liked it.  My problem with the open tunings is mainly my not knowing how to play anything but major chords while in a particular tuning.  I need to have a guide to minor and other chord configurations use while in open tunings. One other thing is the hassle of changing the tuning.  I need to acquire more guitars so I can leave them in alternate tunings.  Someday ...
Comment by Michael Tellier on July 6, 2011 at 7:12am
No Seagulls, but I've got a couple of Art & Lutherie guitars also produced by Godin. These guitars really get knocked around by people, but I've got a Gretsch, Guild, Crafter (also an excellent guitar), and a Taylor, and they are the ones I play the most. I make my living (humble as it may be) from my music, so my guitars do matter.

If you're loving drop D, may I suggest Open D as well. It's a new language, but well worth the effort...lot's of possibilities! Good luck.
Comment by Jud Hair on July 5, 2011 at 11:59am

I love "drop D" tuning as I am a big fan of Neil Young and so much of his stuff is in tha tuning.


Anybody here know of a song list for 'Drop D" ... or have any songs to suggest"


BTW:  Anybody else here play a Seagull guitar??  If so, stop by my new group and let's chat!


--- Blackville


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