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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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"Bee Keeper" by Aoife O'Donavan

Started by Ian Miller on Tuesday.

Favorite Alternate Tunings: 49 Replies

Started by Stephen Verderber. Last reply by nick g Jan 6.

I would really appreciate a "Dummies Guide to Alternative Tunings" 18 Replies

Started by Kevin G. Lougheed. Last reply by Chris Banks Feb 27, 2013.

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Comment by Dave Flynn on February 6, 2012 at 4:55pm

Thanks Guy. :-)

Comment by Guy Carlsen on February 3, 2012 at 10:19pm

@ Dave, very nicely done.

Comment by Dave Flynn on February 3, 2012 at 12:58pm


I've just joined the forum.

I hope some of you might enjoy listening to my music

Here's a clip of me playing an Irish reel live in Dublin using DGDGAE tuning, I call it fiddle tuning because that's what it's based on!

see for more info.

CD available here

itunes here


Dave Flynn

Comment by Greg O'Haver on January 16, 2012 at 9:58am

Check out YouTube and plug in "Kyser K-Lever" to the search box.  You will find a number of demo videos that you might just like.  Here are some of them.

If any of you will be at the Winter NAMM Show this week please come by the Kyser booth and say "hi".  We will have plenty of K-Levers there.  thanks, Greg

Comment by Jud Hair on January 16, 2012 at 9:05am

Guy ... It seems to go over well at open-mike for me.  I have a limited ability to hammer on/pull off like Neil, but it still sounds impressive in that double drop "D" tuning.

Comment by Ian Miller on January 15, 2012 at 8:59pm

Hey Guy,

Old Laughing Lady is a great tune, I think the trick with it is to keep it light and personal, like you're just playing in your practice space all by yourself. A similar tune in the same tuning,albiet a bit depressing, is "Don't Let It Bring You Down". This can be found on the HyperRust website as well.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on January 15, 2012 at 5:31pm

@ Jud and Ian, Well getting closer on Old Laughing Lady, might play publicly in the next couple of weeks.  Played it with a friend at work and he thought I played it great (still no Neil Young on those beautiful base runs but closing in).  So thanks again for the tips you two gave me.  Besides thanks I just hate the lack of posting to this topic.  I've got a good rep locally as the open tunings guy and just love playing them.

Comment by John H on January 1, 2012 at 8:59am
@mike nepper, nice version of White Christmas.
Comment by Mike Nepper on December 26, 2011 at 9:54am

Merry Christmas all! I happened upon this tuning several years ago and posted my first YouTube video using it on Silent Night / Silver Bells. I finished this arrangement on the eve and just got around to posting it on my AG groups today. Anyways, I thought it appropriate for this group. Hope you like it. DGCGBD kicked up a half step on my new custom Yamamoto Talus.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on December 22, 2011 at 8:33pm

@ Jud and Ian, thanks for the tips.  I just downloaded tab, looks great. This is what I think the alternate group should be doing, helping each other to learn new (well in terms of our playing) songs.


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