Category: Standard tunings

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Transpositions of EADGBE’s familiar ‘5-5-5-4-5’ pattern: as used by guitar traditions of the past and present [8 tunings]

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Standard


• E-A-D-G-B-E •

The Renaissance roots of ‘55545’, and the first ever guitar recordings…

 

Eb Standard (‘Hendrix’)


• Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-E

Immortalised by Jimi, ‘half-step lower’ makes for wilder bends…

 

D Standard (‘Tone Down’)


• D-G-C-F-A-D •

Tone down your sound by going two frets slacker and deeper…

 

Db Standard (‘Iommi’)


• Db-Gb-B-E-Ab-Db

Beloved by Sabbath, it also suits the bends and roots of the Indian sitar…

 

C Standard (‘Two-Tone Drop’)


• C-F-Bb-Eb-G-C •

Go ‘two tones down’ to open up low-key, quieter realms…

 

B Standard (‘Baritone’)


• B-E-A-D-Gb-B •

Scandinavian ‘ragna-rok’, acoustic jazz fingerstyle, low-growling electric slide…

 

F Standard (‘Raise’)


• F-Bb-Eb-Ab-C-F •

Wind the strings a little tauter to ramp up the power and volume…

 

G Standard (‘Terz’)


• G-C-F-Bb-D-G •

A small, cute, guitar-like lute, which once had Europe swooning…

 

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