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Discussions regarding the use of alternate tunings, and how alternate tunings can enhance the musicality of guitar music.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Latest Activity: Nov 2
Started by Gary McNaughton. Last reply by Thom Nov 2.
Started by JD Ellis. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 1.
Started by Ian Miller. Last reply by Craig B Aug 23.
It was open "D" that gave me the ability to get back to playing where I am now. After the loss of some fret hand fingers, the open tuning took my inability to move around a fret-board and showed me that if you want it, you can do it. And so here I am, 3 years later playing at a level far greater than I ever hoped for. Anyone else gone thru a similar experience?
Does anyone have any insights/advice on the Judy Collins' version of Suzanne (Leonard Cohen song)? Tuning? Chords? TAB?
**note...to see /download the PDF you have to click on the 'Quick View' - at least on my computer...
I happened across this the other day by simply googling Alternate Tunings and this popped up:
I have found a decent number of vid lessons with songs using alt tunings on
homespun.com included pieces by: Peppino D'agostino, Patty Larkin,
Al Pettiway, Frederic Hand, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson and others...
Also through the 'On the Music Path' there are alt tuning lessons from Richard Thompson, Jackson Brown, and recently Alex DeGrassi.
You can find others on Youtube as well....
Hi. I used to stick with standard tuning, but lately I have been experimenting a little. I've been working on John Fahey's "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home', which is in open D tuning. He frequently used alternate tunings, and I wonder if that was how he achieved that deep, booming quality that is in many of his songs. I also like dropped D tuning, which shows up in a lot of Celtic songs.
Way back about 20 years ago, i first came upon a 'tuning capo' which I have tinkered with here and there. Thought I'd check the web to see if technology has moved on (mine resembles a Rubik cube to set up) and came upon the Spider. Went to Youtube for reviews/demos and after trawling through endless demos of people sticking one on and then strumming away, I finally came upon the player actually playing great guitar to demo the thing properly. Of course it was........ Doug Young! Why didn't I just check Doug out first Doh! ;-)
I play now only with Capos!!in different tunings,and it has started to feel natural
to me .It also helps you take more note of the keys you wish to play in.
@ Guy, sorry no TAB or sheet music done, the arrangements are all in my head!
@ Ian, yes churches are great for playing solo guitar in, they let the guitar ring out more than any other kind of venue. Makes it seem a lot louder than it is!
hi all, I'm new here. I only play in tunings other than 'standard', it suites my musical sense.
Heres a link to what I play
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