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Alternate Tunings
(By Tyson)

Hello all you happy people!  I'm about to show you some cool tunings for those of you looking for a new sound.  For those of you who don't know, you can tune your guitar flat or sharp to have a new tone.  Check it out.
 

EADGBE  standard tuning

This is the tuning you're used to... yeah.
 

DADGBE  drop-D tuning
tune 6th string down one whole step

With this tuning you can do power chords with 1 finger... the top 3 strings, when strummed are D5 and so on.  This is probably the second most used tuning out there.  You'll hear it from bands like P.O.D., Creed and stuff like that.
 

DADGBD  double-drop-D 
tune 6th string down one whole step - tune 1st string down one whole step 

Well, this is used in acoustic music, mainly in classical guitar pieces.
 

DADGAD  "Dad-Gad"
 tune 6th string down one whole step -  tune 2nd string down one whole step -  tune 1st string down one whole step 

Try this out.  It'll tune half your strings a step down.
 

DADF#AD  Open D
 tune 6th string down one whole step -  tune 3rd string down one half step -  tune 2nd string down one whole step -  tune 1st string down one whole step 

Tune the G string down a step for this cool effect.
 

DGDGBD  Open G
  tune 6th string down one whole step -  tune 5th string down one whole step -  tune 1st string down one whole step 

Check it out, Open G Tune your gig fiddle and strum all your strings open. :0)
 

EBEG#BE  Open E 
tune 5th string up one whole step - tune 4th string up one whole step - tune 3rd string up one half step

Strum down on open and you've got an E... I've got to warn you, this high-tension tuning could break your strings.  I hate to break it to you but otherwise your strings would have.  I'd advise an Open D tuning with a capo on the second fret instead.
 

CGCGCE  Open C 
tune 6th string down two whole steps - tune 5th string down one whole step - tune 4th string down one whole step - tune 2nd string up one half step 

Here's a cool one.  If you strum down open you'll hear a beautiful C.
 

DADFAD  Open D Minor 
tune 6th string down one whole step - tune 3rd string down one whole step - tune 2nd string down one whole step - tune 1st string down one whole step 

This is a tuning for the sad person.  It's nice and pretty.
 

EADEAB#  Tyson's Custom Tuning 
tune 3rd string down half a step -  tune 2nd string down one whole step - tune 1st string down one and a half steps

I made this up.  Tune this way and pick from the 4'th to 3'rd to 2'nd to 1'st to 2'nd to 3'rd to '4th string... Beautiful, huh?
 
 

That should do it.  Try those tunings... even make up some of your own... it's a free country!


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