Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Basics Dropped-D tuning has been popular among many influential folk and Celtic players. One example is Scottish folk guitari... Read More...
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Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Basics Dropped-D tuning has been popular among many influential folk and Celtic players. One example is Scottish folk guitarist... Read More...
Here's how to use alternate tunings on guitar to open the door to new sounds, generate complex chords with easy fingerings, and extend the range of the instrument.
The two principal open tunings used in blues guitar playing have old, vernacular American names that I still like to use: Vastopol and Spanish.
In this guitar lesson, get a taste of open tunings by lowering your strings to open D minor, then playing a handful of chord shapes and applying them to a bluesy etude.
Let your ears guide you and you’ll find that alternate tunings will allow you to create chord voicings that are impossible in standard tuning.
“VanWart” started out as an improvisation, from which three distinct sections emerged, each including some of the colorful harmonies inherent to DADGAD tuning.