Jump to content
Slate Blackcurrant Watermelon Strawberry Orange Banana Apple Emerald Chocolate Marble
Slate Blackcurrant Watermelon Strawberry Orange Banana Apple Emerald Chocolate Marble
Sign in to follow this  
frankb

Alternate Tunings

Recommended Posts

Hi, I know that alternate tunings can help expand your guitar abilities, but I was just wondering what the main advantages of them are. For instance, I know that the open G tuning, you can play chords by just barring the strings straight down so that it can be very good for slide, but I'm just looking for some other advantages/interesting things that come from things like drop D, open C etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi, I know that alternate tunings can help expand your guitar abilities, but I was just wondering what the main advantages of them are. For instance, I know that the open G tuning, you can play chords by just barring the strings straight down so that it can be very good for slide, but I'm just looking for some other advantages/interesting things that come from things like drop D, open C etc.

First and foremost... I think it's great you want to learn about alternate tunings. However, don't feel you just have to stick with Open chords or drop D. They're great, but dive into some of Jimmy's tunings...

DADGAD - CACGCE - DGCGCD

These are some of the tunings he has used for classics like Kashmir - Midnight Moonlight - Bron-Yr-Aur - Rain Song

These tunings really force you to try new chord shapes and one of the benefits is you get a beautiful sound with relative ease.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ya I just mentioned those two because they were the first ones that came to me off the top of my head. You also answered another question that I had, which was what are some other interesting tunings.

So basically, as you mentioned at the end, one of the main advantages is getting some really great sounding chords/sounds using very basic shapes?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ya I just mentioned those two because they were the first ones that came to me off the top of my head. You also answered another question that I had, which was what are some other interesting tunings.

So basically, as you mentioned at the end, one of the main advantages is getting some really great sounding chords/sounds using very basic shapes?

Basic shapes... much easier shapes... some of the chords you can get in Jimmy's tunings there's just no way you could achieve them in standard tuning. The three tunings of Jimmy's I mentioned are tunings I've been using since the early 1980's, and I have written 15-20 songs using those. His tuning for Rain Song... I remember I would re-tune the guitar to play that song and it was such a drag because that was the only song I knew of in that tuning. So I started messing around with chord ideas and ended up writing a song in that tuning, which makes it so much better now, because I have two songs to play in that tuning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi, I know that alternate tunings can help expand your guitar abilities, but I was just wondering what the main advantages of them are. For instance, I know that the open G tuning, you can play chords by just barring the strings straight down so that it can be very good for slide, but I'm just looking for some other advantages/interesting things that come from things like drop D, open C etc.

This guy has some amazing advice...Just remember to keep a free mind roll'n and be prepared for frustration...lots of it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of chords are you talking about that you cant play in standard? I've only been playing a little less than a year, so I'm not sure what chords there are besides the ones I've read in books or online (don't have the money yet to take lessons). I know how to play power/major/minor/6th/7th/9th/13th/inversion, etc chords but those shapes can all be done in standard tuning. I know there are an unreal amount of chords, just not sure which ones you can make by changing tunings. Thanks for your help btw. :)

Edited by frankb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What kind of chords are you talking about that you cant play in standard? I've only been playing a little less than a year, so I'm not sure what chords there are besides the ones I've read in books or online (don't have the money yet to take lessons). I know how to play power/major/minor/6th/7th/9th/13th/inversion, etc chords but those shapes can all be done in standard tuning. I know there are an unreal amount of chords, just not sure which ones you can make by changing tunings. Thanks for your help btw. :)

Without sitting down with you, guitar in hand to show you, the best way I can explain it is if you play The Rain Song in standard tuning, the song sounds pretty crappy. But in the tuning Page employed, it comes alive.

There are only twelve notes in music, as you know. Yet with an open tuning, you get some of the most difficult chords played with relative ease, and... because of the tuning, the chords ring out with a clarity and beauty that would be otherwise unattainable in standard tuning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...