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Wednesday, 14 January 2015
TUNINGS - For 6, 4(8) and 3 Strings
Following today's YMI 'Soundwaves' workshop at SENSE Scotland's Touchbase centre, I thought I should list all the tunings I like to use here: There are no real rules, but it's probably best to tune down to a note, rather than up, to begin with, to avoid broken strings. Having said that, if you think about a standard set of guitar strings EADGBe - It should be fairly easy to figure out that tuning a string that is made to be played in E up to a high A is going to cause problems. - I reckon, if you are lucky, it will break beyond a high G - Prove me wrong!
EADGBe - Standard tuning
EADGae - Pentatonic ACDEGa - Petatonic 2
DAdGad - Dadgad or Modal D (that's what they call it!)
DAdF#BE - Jojo's tuning
EAC#eae - Open A
DAdF#ad - Open D
DGdgBd - Open G
DGCgcd - Led Zep (Rain Song)
GBDgbd - Dobro (my favourite)
EADeea - Balalaika
AGCEae - Charango
CEGA#cD - Overtone CEG#ceg# - Major 3rds CGDgBc - Admiral CFcGA#F - Buzzard DAdGBE - Drop D CGDgAd - Face DAddad - 4 & 20 ABEF#aD - Hot Type DACGcE - Layover CFcGAE - Magic Finger (Seriously!?)
There are lots of others!
Or 8 - Most using middle 4 strings from a set
GDAE - Tenor (mandolin / fiddle / bouzouki)
AEaC# - Open A (What I use)
GDgB - Open G
DAdF# - Open D
CGDA- Tenor Banjo
GCEA - Ukulele
DGBd - Mini Spanish (my second favourite - Also the 'main' strings on a 5 string banjo)
DAdd - (Appalacian Dulcimer)
The following are named after the paired strings, and adaptable to any key.
GgB - My favourite - with a low and high G
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