What's your secret tuning that opened up your playing?

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  1. Billy Moss

    Billy Moss Member

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    My secret tuning is standard tuning for the A thru E, but drop the low E to C#.

    I also did this when I dropped everything down a step and a half.

    I wrote all new songs that I would have never thought of.

    I also like Open G, A, E, D and C. In the open tunings I play chords and I don't know what in the hell they are, but I like them.
     
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  2. hw2nw

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    D A D F# A D
     
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  3. Fantastic cook

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    A B C D E F.

    Add a G, if you have a seven string.

    So good...
     
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  4. Tony Done

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    I play a lot of slide, so I use the open tunings, open D, E, G and A. I've recently found drop D capo, 022222, to work well for the folkie stuff I'm interested in, more useful in some ways than drop D, DADGBE, itself.
     
  5. junu

    junu Member

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    Open C, (specific key doesn’t really matter as long as it’s in 151351) and learning to play this

     
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  6. SnidelyWhiplash

    SnidelyWhiplash Supporting Member

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    Love double drop D. Would like to investigate DADGAD further. Sometimes just tuning one string different can work wonders.
     
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  7. Scary Uncle G.

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    Taking up mandolin and fiddle. Tuning in 5ths is so logical and understandable.
     
  8. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    Standard tuning really opened up my playing.
     
  9. ripgtr

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    A6. I play a lot of slide, and copped this from lap steel C6 tuning (the one with the G on top) and dropped it to A for guitar.
    SO much more available for slide stuff. It is basically open A with the F#on the 4th string, then E on the fifth. However I then put A on the 6th string. So you can do all those regular open A low slide licks, just miss the 4th string (sometimes, sometimes I play it too, in licks) and that m3 interval between the 3rd and 4th string comes in real handy.
    I still will play in open E or D if I need to, but rarely play in open A or G anymore, this tuning superseded it, in my book.
     
  10. Zounds Perspex

    Zounds Perspex Silver Supporting Member

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    I generally play electric guitar in standard tuning (or a half step down), but for acoustic, nothing beats Open C - CGCGCE.
     
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    CGCFGC, but I still mostly play in CGCFAD.
     
  13. cnutjazz

    cnutjazz Supporting Member

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    Just tuning down to D standard
     
  14. strawberries

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    A lot of Sonic Youth stuff, lately. My first band played IN FAGFAG because we were very immature high schoolers.
     
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  15. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^

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    DADGAD and open G. On acoustic you can get lost for hours in DADGAD and it feels easy write songs.

    Open G was to learn some Stones the correct way, but now I like it for slide too
     
  16. JosephZdyrski

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    ...you beat me to it!!!
     
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  17. plexified

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    a girlfriend that played guitar and sounded like Janis Joplin was a winner for a while until she started asking about alternate tunings, then things went off the hook. Tune and play, don't get caught up with crazy chics,, that's the message. Multiply that times ten for starters if you want a shot.
     
  18. orourke

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    DADFAD - the saddest of all tunings
     
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  19. BigDoug1053

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    On my 7 strings, B-E-A-D-F#-B-E really opened up the fretboard for me. It's like a baritone on the bottom with a high E, rather than a guitar on top with a low B. I also like DADGAD and open D/G for slide on 6 strings.
     
  20. Anacharsis

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    I like perfect 4ths, EADGCF.

    I give up 6 string open and barre chords, but I get a lot of flexibility.
     
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