Altered tunings

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  1. Bert Scrogshaw

    Bert Scrogshaw Member

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    Does anyone here play regularly in altered tunings? I'm considering giving it a try (DADGAD seems to be a popular one). Is there an 'easier' tuning for someone who wants to try from standard?

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    DadGAD is a pretty standard one which I use quite a lot. It takes a while for your fingers to acquire muscle memory for it, but that's OK. If you want really easy, tune an open chord. But that doesn't sound so great while playing.
     
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    Do you use DADGAD specifically for Folk/Celtic style of songs/tunes.....or do you incorporate it into modern pop/rock/r&b stuff?
     
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    All sorts of stuff really - just sometimes a tune seems to work better that way. It's normally a case of simplifying the fingering.
     
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    All sorts of stuff and simplifying the fingering sounds good to me. I've got my guitar tuned to DADGAD and have been nurdling around. Trying some finger placements and seeing how things sound. Maybe I should learn some diatonic chords in the key of D next. But for now I like what's sounding. Finger style instantly sounds 100% better!
     
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    I play a lot of slide in open D on my Gretsch and that's about it. When I was younger I played around with drop D as well but that gets boring really quickly
     
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    I keep one guitar in open G (5 string version ala Keith Richards) at all times just to have it available. It's pretty simple and there's a lot you can do with it. Changing keys for different songs is just a matter of putting a capo on whatever fret.
     
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    I don't play in standard tuning much at all. A tuning I'm loving right now is EGDGED
     
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    How do you string that? The high E (second string) looks like it wouldn't work in a standard set.
     
  10. Bert Scrogshaw

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    How do you get the second string to tune to an E?
     
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    Change it from DADGAD to DADFAD (making it an Open D minor tuning) often used in blues. It's fantastic!! And easier to make a major chord by adding one finger than by tuning to DADGAD and attempting to make a minor chord!!
     

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