Category: Standard tunings


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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• 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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