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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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DADF#BD new song finally recorded using this tuning capo'd 2nd fret. 4 Replies

Started by paul stokes. Last reply by paul stokes Apr 20.

Open C tuning 14 Replies

Started by Gary McNaughton. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 27, 2014.

"Bee Keeper" by Aoife O'Donavan 4 Replies

Started by Ian Miller. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 26, 2014.

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Comment by jdjango on August 13, 2013 at 1:51pm

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?

Comment by Iain Brennan on June 5, 2013 at 1:22am
I never had a guitar lesson in my life, maybe not a good thing in some ways,but when I tried out alternative tunings, I really floundered around fo a bit,-until I began to make some sense of different chord shapes, then there was no holding me back! as a twelve-string player, (50% of the time) I like to use different tunings, I find regular tuning a bit restrictive sometimes.
It always cracks me up,when playing with other guitarists, how few of them, when picking up one of my instruments, try to play it, put it down quickly again, mumbling about "can't play that, don't know what its in" -I guess there aren't many of us Alternative Tuners out there, (or maybe, I'm hanging-out with the wrong players. ...?)
Comment by Ed Mehollin on February 27, 2013 at 2:46pm

Does anyone have any insights/advice on the Judy Collins' version of Suzanne (Leonard Cohen song)?  Tuning?  Chords?  TAB?

Comment by lauren on February 26, 2013 at 1:18pm

** see /download the PDF you have to click on the 'Quick View' - at least on my computer...

Comment by lauren on February 26, 2013 at 1:17pm

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 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....


Comment by Rosemary j. Lambin on January 15, 2013 at 10:56pm

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.

Comment by Nikki Rosetti on August 10, 2012 at 8:20am

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! ;-)

Comment by Paul Taylor Odiase on May 12, 2012 at 9:31am

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.

Comment by Dave Flynn on February 23, 2012 at 7:55am

@ 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!

Comment by Seorie O'Gallowa on February 16, 2012 at 1:37pm

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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