• OVERVIEW •
A restrung, Nashville-style arrangement of the ‘standard’ 5>5>5>4>5 pattern – the whole guitar is raised up by a fourth, and the top two strings are then lowered by an octave. In relative terms: akin to capoing at 12fr, but only across 6-5-4-3str.
Developed by fusion virtuoso Frank Gambale for to capture Chick Corea-style piano chords, seemingly via “messing with a Nashville tuning patch on a Roland VG-88”. He calls it a “revelation”, opening up close, pianistic voicings and fresh 4, 5, and 6-note shapes.
(n.b. it also resembles an octave-shuffled variant of the standard ADGCEA Mexican guitarrón tuning – a huge, fretless mariachi lute said to have inspired the modern acoustic bass guitar via the attention of Mr. Ernie Ball, who “bought one down in Tijuana, and tinkered with it”.)
Pattern: 5-5-5-(4)-5 | Harmony: Amin7(11) | Intervals: 1-4-b7-b3-5-1
• TUNE UP •
• SOUNDS •
In Gambale’s words. “I love to hear piano chords…after a lot of work and research, I found this new tuning. I think it’s an important discovery: chords that were impossible with regular tuning are now possible…”.
- Table for One / tuning demo – Frank Gambale (2014):
• NUMBERS •
- See my Tunings Megatable for further such nerdery: more numbers, intervallic relations, comparative methods, etc. And to any genuine vibratory scientists reading: please critique my DIY analysis!
• RELATED •
—Associated tunings: proximities of shape, concept, context, etc…
- Nashville (this +7): the more prolific transposition
- Mi-composé: only octave-jumping a single string
- Terz: raised arrangement based on a tiny guitar
• MORE INFO •
—Further learnings: sources, readings, lessons, other onward links…
- Frank Gambale’s tuning: more on the tuning on the GearPage forum – and also see interviews from Rick Beato, Troy Grady on picking, and Abstract Logix (“…his much-talked about new tuning invention will enable guitar players to play piano type chords…and play four chromatic notes simultaneously”)
- MIDI guitar tunings: see this patch demo from Fishman Transducers (“You can create multiple patches in alternate tunings, and call them up instantly…you can play a song live with sections in 5 different tunings on a single guitar and switch seamlessly between them”)
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