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Alternate Tunings

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

Location: Charlotte, NC
Members: 285
Latest Activity: Aug 23

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"Bee Keeper" by Aoife O'Donavan 3 Replies

Started by Ian Miller. Last reply by Craig B Aug 23.

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 Chris Banks on January 25, 2014 at 2:42pm

Thanks Michael.

Comment by Michael McBride on January 25, 2014 at 2:33pm

Also a beautiful composition, Chris. And well played, to boot. What a beautiful sounding harp guitar. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Chris Banks on January 25, 2014 at 2:27pm

A work in progress in open C on my BMS harp guitar.

Comment by Michael McBride on January 25, 2014 at 1:46pm

That's beautiful, Chris.

Comment by Chris Banks on January 25, 2014 at 5:50am

CFCGAE - a truly delicious tuning.

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 25, 2013 at 8:52am
Comment by rayner on December 16, 2013 at 5:03pm

Hey- Here's a fingerstyle cover of dragon ball in CGDGAD. hope you'll enjoy it. Cheers, Rayner.

Comment by Pete Smith on September 17, 2013 at 3:24am

Singer/songwriter from the UK

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. ...?)

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