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• Tones •
How many notes do the open strings offer?
Criteria: Tunings made up of exactly two different notes
Criteria: Tunings made up of exactly three different notes
Criteria: Tunings made up of exactly four different notes
Criteria: Tunings made up of exactly five different notes
Criteria: Tunings made up of exactly six different notes
• Twists •
How many strings differ from Standard tuning?
Criteria: Tunings with one string changed from EADGBE Standard
Criteria: Tunings with two strings changed from EADGBE Standard
Criteria: Tunings with three strings changed from EADGBE Standard
Criteria: Tunings with four strings changed from EADGBE Standard
Criteria: Tunings with five strings changed from EADGBE Standard
Criteria: Tunings with all six strings changed from EADGBE Standard
• Geometries •
What is distinctive about the tuning’s shape?
Criteria: Tunings with same-toned adjacent notes (e.g. ‘A-A…’)
Criteria: Tunings primarily focused on lowering the 6str (and/or 1str) only
Criteria: Tunings which repeat a single interval throughout (a.k.a. ‘regular’)
Criteria: Tunings which span 19 frets or fewer (=Octave + Perf. 5th)
Criteria: Tunings of two notes, separated by a perfect 5th (up or down)
Criteria: Tunings with all odd-semitoned intervals (3, 5, 7, 9…)
Criteria: Tunings with 6-5-4str set to a power chord (1-5-1)
Criteria: Tunings which break the ‘each string higher than the last’ pattern
Criteria: Tunings which go lower than C2 (=6str down by ≥5 frets)
Criteria: Tunings which transpose EADGBE’s ‘5-5-5-4-5’ sequence
Criteria: Tunings which span at least 28 semitones (= 2 octaves + a major 3rd)
• Harmonies •
Which chords do the open strings sketch?
Criteria: Tunings with Major 7th open harmony (1-3-5-7)
Criteria: Tunings with Major triad open harmony (1-3-5)
Criteria: Tunings with Minor 7th open harmony (1-b3-5-b7)
Criteria: Tunings with Dominant 7th open harmony (1-3-5-b7+)
Criteria: Tunings with Minor triad open harmony (1-b3-5)
Criteria: Tunings with Suspended open harmony (sus4/sus2: 1-4-5/1-2-5)
• Contexts •
Where do the tuning’s origins lie?
Criteria: Full list of all 100+ tunings on the Menu
Criteria: The modern guitarosphere’s most prominent altered tunings
Criteria: Tunings from around the world – Mali, Hawaii, Madagascar, Peru, Syria, Indonesia, Turkey, Papua, & more
Criteria: Tunings based on a specific non-guitar instrument
Criteria: Tunings with no string raised more than a single semitone
Criteria: Strange tuning concepts to shuffle up your head…
Criteria: Tunings used by Hawaii’s amazing kī-hō’aula (‘slack-key’) guitarists
Criteria: Open tunings often used by classic slide guitar masters
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