Category: Artist/Track tunings

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Tunings associated with specific guitarists, pieces, or performances: somewhat loosely delimited [32 tunings]

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• F-A-C-F-C-F •

Fostered to facilitate the viral virtuosity of Erik Mongrain’s lap-tapping style…

 

Albert Collins Fm


• F-C-F-Ab-C-F •

Take a high-wound blues walk with the jovial owner of a 100ft amp cable…

 

Albert King F6


• C-F-C-F-A-D •

Favoured by the Mississippi colossus towards the end of his legendary life…

 

Black Crow


• Bb-Bb-Db-F-A-Bb

Deep-sided double-octave designs drawn from Joni’s drumless funk…

 

Blown a Wish


• F-C-F-Bb-Bb-G •

MBV’s odd DADGAD tweak, with a glorious variety of horizontal intervals…

 

Bruce Palmer (‘Judy Blue Eyes’)


• E-E-E-E-B-E •

The long, multi-chaptered history of Woodstock’s greatest love song…

 

Cello (‘Haircut’)


• C-G-D-A-B-E •

Expand your low-end capacities with Pavement’s stacking of perfect 5ths…

 

Coyote


• C-G-D-F-C-E •

Joni’s graphic tale of flirtation is built on a close-clustered major sequence…

 

Dracula


• C-G-C-F-Bb-D •

Robust interval pairs from Don Ross, set in a neat descending order…

 

Equilibrium


• G-A-D-E-A-E •

Architectural low balance by Erik Mongrain, well-scattered with stable 5ths……

 

Ethereal


• D-A-C#-F#-C#-D •

Electric fretboard tapping from Ichika Nito, with divergent parallel octaves…

 

Funky Avocado


• B-A-D-G-A-D •

Bass-buzzing funk from Michael Hedges, jammed over a local disco…

 

Gambale


• A-D-G-C-E-A •

Like a 6-3str capo at 12fr, unearthed via synth patches by Frank Gambale…

 

Ghost Reveries


• D-A-D-F-A-E •

Good enough for the Swedes who claim to be the ‘world’s most evil band’…

 

Godzilla


• Db-Ab-Eb-E-B-E •

Don Ross’ tantalising blend of bassy slackness and high-end clarity…

 

Gothic


• Eb-G-D-A-Bb-C •

Ichika Nito’s complex chordal canvas places different tones on each string…

 

Hejira


• C-G-D-F-G-C •

Stretching to divine arpeggiations, from helping Joni’s ‘run with honour’…

 

I Only Said


• E-A-B-G-G-E •

Kevin Shields’ vast shifts present phase-friendly unison possibilities…

 

Iris


• B-D-D-D-D-D •

John Rzeznik’s odd-wound power ballad balances purity with dissonance…

 

José González


• D-A-D-F#-B-E •

Lute-like nylon-string magic from the low-fi Swedish songwriter…

 

Karnivool


• B-F#-B-G-B-E •

Australia’s low-tuning prog explorers place a power chord in the deep…

 

Magic Farmer


• C-F-C-G-A-E •

Michael Hedges’ pensive arrangement for calmer harmonic relationships…

 

New Standard (‘Crafty’)


• C-G-D-A-E-G •

An ultra-wide system for clarifying your melodic motions…

 

One-Tone Drone (‘Ostrich’)


• D-D-D-D-D-D •

Bury your head in the layered octaves of only a single tone…

 

Only Shallow


• G-G-D-G-B-D •

MBV’s iconic shoegaze drones offer a narrow-centred suspension……

 

Pink Moon


• C-G-C-F-C-E •

Unearthing the ambiguous moods in Nick Drake’s solo songwriting…

 

Place to Be


• C-G-C-F-G-E •

A wide-spread major layout from Nick Drake’s fast-strummed folk…

 

Road


• E-A-D-E-B-E •

Nick Drake’s concise 3str-drop, ideal for multi-rooted fingerpicking sequences…

 

Schizophrenia


• F#-F#-G-G-A-A •

A highly unorthodox tone-trio, designed to disorient the familiar…

 

Teardrop


• D-A-D-A-B-E •

José González acoustifies a heart-beating Bristolian trip-hop anthem…

 

Wind of Change


• D-D-D-A-D-F#

Low D-drones, pinched from George Harrison by Peter Frampton…

 

Yvette’s Dadd9


• D-A-D-F#-A-E •

An ascent-narrowing interval stack explored by Yvette Young & co…

 

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