Why try alternate tunings? The simple act of changing the tuning of your guitar—even by just one string—can have a magical effect: it’s almost as if you have a new instrument. All kinds of sounds become available that you couldn’t play in standard tuning and familiar fingerings produce surprising results.
I encourage you to focus first on getting the melody down. Once you have that in your blood, you may feel free to explore your own bass lines and arpeggios.
Lesson: Folk-rock Songwriter Peter Mulvey Explains How to Create a Dynamic Solo Sound with Alternate Tunings
Songwriter Peter Mulvey visited my home studio while on tour in upstate New York and walked me through his song “The Knuckleball Suite.”
Here is a way to get some of that alternate-tuning mojo without straying too far from what you know
I met up with Doyle at a Philadelphia-area house concert where, joined by fiddler Duncan Wickel, he performed a stunning show that displayed the full range of his powers on guitar, from rollicking rhythm to beautifully melodic fingerstyle (actually played with a pick and one finger). Before the show, the easygoing virtuoso sat down with his left-handed Muiderman flattop to shed light on how he honors and stretches tradition as a guitarist and songwriter.
Drop-D tuning has been popular among many influential folk and Celtic players
Transform your fingerboard into a landscape of unexplored possibilities.
One of the great beauties of the minor pentatonic scale is the way the same phrases seem to work over all three chords of a blues progression.