Altered Tunings

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  1. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    Orkney tuning (CGDGCD) is used by some of the celtic players. Strings 1 through 5 correspond with the intervals of DADGAD, transposed a fourth up. In other words, if you can play in DADGAD, Orkney should be no problem. The low C on the 6th string opens up some new possibilities for playing in the key of C or as a 4 chord when playing in G. It's said to be called Orkney tuning because CGDGCD is impossible to pronounce.

    I've also been messing with Joni Mitchell's "Coyote" tuning (CGDFCE). There's a lot of detailed information and transcriptions of her entire catalog on her website. Have to say, that's very generous of her.
     
  2. ASATKat

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    Led Zeppelin's The Rain Song,
    DGCGCD


    The first few chords, beautiful,

    .G/D. . . . Gmaj7/D . . G7/D type chords. . . Eb/D
    -0----------0-----------0---0---0--0----------0
    -7----------6-----------5---5---3--1----------3
    -0----------0-----------4---4---4--4----------3
    -7----------6-----------5---5---5--5----------3
    -0----------0-----------0---0---0--0----------0
    -0----------0-----------0---0---0--0----------0


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  3. RCinMempho

    RCinMempho Friend of Leo's

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    My favorite new trick for me is a capo on the second fret but NOT Capoing the low E. Easy to do with a Shubb or other capo that is open on one end.

    Now your cowboy chords are up a step. The D-shape is E, but your low bass string is still E as if you were in a drop D type of tuning. But because the capo doesn't touch the low E, your G-chord, F or any other fretted low E string stays where it would be in standard tuning.

    You get the benefit of drop D without having to compensate two frets on the low E string.
     
  4. howlin

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    I'm using a .056 at the moment. I could see you needing to go as low as a .060 on an LP. I think Ariel Posen uses a .060 on his Strat tuned to C FWIW.
     
  5. allthatjazz

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    Elliott Smith used this interesting CGCEAD tuning on "Clementine".

    Michael Hedges used some great tunings. Kaki King, others of that ilk, as well.

    Recently, I have been learning "Best of My Love" by Eagles. Frey got a tuning from Joni Mitchell and forgot it, perhaps one mentioned earlier. Instead, he used what he remembered to come up with the Eagles song. I saw a video suggesting the A is tuned to G.
     
  6. howlin

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    Have you tried one of these?
    IMG_5988.jpg
    It's the Shubb C7B. It only capos the A-D & G strings and has the same application as the one you're using but with some interesting options. One thing that I do from time to time is use it to capo the 4th fret. If you're not into buying one without trying it first take a Kyser capo and use it this way:
    IMG_5993.jpg
    If you like it then get a Shubb as it does work better than this IMHE.

    In my earlier post I mentioned this capo:
    IMG_5991.jpg
    It's standard Shubb capo cut to only work on the E-A-D & G strings. I haven't tried it but Shubb offers a banjo capo that seems to work for Andy McGee. So, if you like the C7 capo and aren't afraid to venture into the realm of Drop D, then I highly recommend checking it out. The person I learned this from used a standard Kyser capo but I found that the strings would pull to the side more than I liked but that's another way to see if works for you before going down that road.

    Cheers!
     
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  7. RCinMempho

    RCinMempho Friend of Leo's

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    Very interesting.
     
  8. SnidelyWhiplash

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    Love double drop D! It can sound very Celtic & of course, it was the basis
    for almost every Buffalo Springfield/Stills/Young song. :cool:
     
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