Category: Miscellaneous tunings


Various sources, ideas, & concepts: historical, experimental, instrument-based, non-melodic, oddball, etc [18 tunings]

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• A-B-C-D-E-F •

An Aeolian-toned meta-signifier for the ambiguities of the alphabet…


Banjo / Overtones

• G-G-D-G-B-D •

An alternate form of Open G, mirroring the natural harmonic series…



• C-A-Bb-A-G-E •

A delicious alphamelodic layout, with chordal crunch and deep-set roots…


Drop DG

• D-G-D-G-B-E •

Take the 6+5str down a whole tone, reaching most of an Open G…



• E-A-D-G-A-D •

Slacken only the highest two to stumble upon fresh harmonic clusters…



• Bb-G-D-G-G-D •

A mountain-shaped landscape, left undated online by an anonymous creator…



• D-A-D-G-B-C •

Folksy reconfigurations, coloured by the clash of a high-end minor second…



• B-A-G-D-A-D •

Captivating for sure, but not actually the tuning of the Tigris River…


Lefty Flip (‘Mirrored’)

• E-B-G-D-A-E •

Find new perspectives by flipping round our familiar order…


Lute (‘Vihuela’)

• E-A-D-F#-B-E •

Travel back through guitar history by re-shuffling the ‘kink’ of Standard…


Math Rock F

• F-A-C-G-C-E •

A gently undulating major voicing made from subtle tension shifts…



• Ė-Ȧ-Ḋ-Ġ-B-E •

The classic four-string octave-jumper has a storied studio history…


Overtone Series

• G-B-D-F-G-A •

Soak up a six-string summary of nature’s fundamental resonance…



• D-A-D-D-A-D •

Palindromic verticality with a double-drone set right at the heart…


Square-Neck Dobro

• G-B-D-G-B-D •

Looping major triads, used on dobros, banjos, and Russian guitars…


Ten Years

• D-E-C-A-D-E •

A widened middle between narrow outer jumps, with uneven tensions…


Zigzag Thirds (Major)

• F-A-C-E-G-B •

An alternate layout for rationalising the geometry of chords…


Zigzag Thirds (Minor)

• F-Ab-C-Eb-G-Bb

Demystifying the mathematical tomes of Dr. Costas Kyritsis…


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