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#1 2011-08-06 00:50:42

easybeat
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From: Wellington New Zealand
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alternate tuning

Gidday,i`ve been thinking about trying some alternate tunings.
I don`t know anything about it,when retuned are the chord shapes the same as standard tunings
or are they different shapes.
thanx.


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#2 2011-08-06 04:49:40

steelstrings
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Re: alternate tuning

I would assume that they would be different shapes. If, for example you played a D chord with alternate tunings it would'nt be a D chord.


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#3 2011-08-06 09:45:08

Roger Guppy
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Re: alternate tuning

My take on alternative tunings is:

The guitar is re-tuned to play a chord with all open strings. Then someone can work out the order of where to press a finger along a fret and strum to make it sound like he can actually play the guitar.

I sit back and wait to be shot down in flames lol

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#4 2011-08-06 13:13:28

steelstrings
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Re: alternate tuning

I'm getting out my gun now. smile


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#5 2011-08-06 16:25:36

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Re: alternate tuning

There are several alternate tunings one is open D that requires dropping the low E string a whole step to D I use this in several of my songs (Aleta for one) you have to finger the G chord by placing a finger on the 5th fret the rest remain the same,another one is DADGAG and no Roger alternate tunings are not entirely based on chords its a way of expressing modal moods or themes. these are some smile
http://sethares.engr.wisc.edu/alternate … nings.html


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#6 2011-08-06 23:40:00

Roger Guppy
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Re: alternate tuning

OK in all seriousness I have never tried alternative tuning.

I know some people use alternative tuning to great effect but I have been playing standard tuning for 50 years and I am still learning so I do not want to confuse what few brain cells I have left with different tunings.

Roger


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#7 2011-08-09 20:46:18

jerome.oneil
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Re: alternate tuning

I just picked up a lap steel guitar (sweet!) and they're usually tuned open.  The slide helps to not have to learn chord shapes, but it's fun.


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#8 2011-08-10 15:27:37

Baldguitardude
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Re: alternate tuning

Theres also nashville tuning, where you put all high e or high b strings on your guitar and tune it like normal so all the notes sounds in the same octave...

http://www.guitartips.addr.com/tip164.html

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