Alternate Tunings

@ParaTed2k (22968)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
May 22, 2011 12:27am CST
I'm a pretty EADGBe, standard tuning player, but I know guitar players who can't stand playing in standard tuning. Do you like alternate tunings? If so, which ones, and why?
4 responses
@tiffnkeat (1673)
• Singapore
22 May 11
I am a pretty EADGBE as well, better still if all on open strings. LOL. However, the (guitar praise and worship) books I bought also included DADBGE and I am beginning to like this dropped-D tuning too. The tune I like best with it though had to be Canon in D. Personally, I only had half a year of guitar training, so how I wish I had persevere then and learn proper theory. Maybe I could be transposing or even composing tunes by now. Hey, if you are interested to play chord melodies, don't forget to drop by www.lickbyneck.com This is NOT my website but I will check daily to see if the owner has posted easy-enough tunes for playing. Enjoy.
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@dragon54u (31619)
• United States
22 May 11
Thanks, tiffnkeat! Looks like I could have some fun there, I appreciate your posting it.
• United States
25 Aug 11
I like playing in D! Dadgbe! It's really nice for power chords be cause you can lay your finger right across 1 fret instead of spreading your fingers apart... It reduces your chances of messing up by a lot
• India
25 Nov 11
Dropped D tuning is awesome for powerchords, but then that's that. There are very limited things that you can do on a dropped D tuning. There are a lot of things you can do on standard E which you cant do on dropped D. Something like simple barre chords and diatones (well, you can do diatones o dropped D as well, not all of them) isn't comfortable to do on DADGBE.
@dragon54u (31619)
• United States
22 May 11
I've played a few pieces in D but that was quite a long time ago and just because I wanted to learn a Queensryche song and one by Dave Uhrich, plus my teacher wrote one in D that really was gorgeous. I don't mind at all playing in standard, it's a pain to re-tune for other tuning but I'll do it if I like the song well enough. I really should pick up my guitar again, I haven't had any music in me for about 5 years. Poor Strat just sits there and waits silently but it used to call to me. Oh well..
@Guit08 (597)
• United States
28 Jun 11
Like you, I usually only play with the standard tuning, but recently I got a metal slide tube for my guitar so I've been experiencing with some slide guitar. I've found a couple different songs and they both require different, non-standard tunings. I don't remember what exactly they are, but I like them! It's cool to be able to just do an open strum on an alternate tuning and get an actual chord from it!