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Old 03-04-2013, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Open D Guitar Tuning

Anyone into open tunings?

I've always shied away from changing the tuning on my guitar, but I've wanted to learn this Ry Cooder tune, actually a bunch of tunes, and they're all in Open D. Well, now that I'm at that goofing around point, I'm really excited at the possibilities. Open tunings are truly badass! You can assemble many more exotic chords and play them far more easily in the open tuning. I'm just messing around, improvising, and throwing in 11th chords and shit.

Open tunings are especially popular in slide blues, which is what "Feelin' Bad Blues" is, so I'm getting to learn that too. I love that whole "Gunfighter Showdown" vibe of it. Here's the tune.



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i like open tunings. i had a book in canada that some crazy guitar player wrote and he had a different tuning for each of over 100 songs. it was pretty mindblowing.
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I usually am tuned into either drop D, C, or B.
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There's one song I play in drop A just so I can get this crunchy rattle sound on my amp that sounds real cool with the way the drums go.


Er anyway yeah I like different tunings. Ideally I'd have a few guitars that I'd keep in different tunings and switch between them on the fly. But I mean ideally I'd a lot of things :P
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This band Baroness I listen to play in drop A a lot. It sounds really good.
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i like open c (CGCGCE) but you should always be careful when you have to tune any string higher than normal (like B to C). i only have one guitar at the moment but when i had two it was easier to experiment. i'm not too into drop tunings.
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Once went to a guitar clinic, in town, on open tunning;
slides and just good blues.
He gave out xerox papers on diagrams and riffs. great clinic

ya know I immediately went home to try out the riffs
with any makeshift slide I could find.


Trying to make what he called the "L" shape slide solo.
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Some of my favorite songs in alternate tunings:

Led Zeppelin - Bron Y-Aur Stomp

Led Zeppelin - Goin to California

Bob Dylan - Simple Twist of Fate

Little Martha - Allman Bros

CSNY - Judy Blue Eyes

Nick Drake - Riverman

My Bloody Valentine - Basically all of "Loveless"
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Once went to a guitar clinic, in town, on open tunning;
slides and just good blues.
He gave out xerox papers on diagrams and riffs. great clinic

ya know I immediately went home to try out the riffs
with any makeshift slide I could find.


Trying to make what he called the "L" shape slide solo.
Fuck, that reminds me... I had an awesome bottle neck slide that I lost
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ive played around with a few open chord tunings and it is pretty fun.


not for quite a while though... i should try out some alt tunings again. I just found my slide the other day too. (suck at using a slide but it is fun lol)
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Two tunings that I really like are

DAEEAA and CCDDAE

Very easy to work with in single note runs and chords alike.
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