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open tunings

Dec 6, 2009
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I've dabbled with open tunings in the past but never stuck with them.

I think this is because I was always too lazy to keep retuning the guitar and eventually gave up. My some what decadent solution to this is to have certain guitars permanently tuned to a particular tuning. I haven't got enough guitars to do this but I'm working on it.

The tunings I'm planning on using are
Dropped D
Double Dropped D
Open D
DADGAD
Open G
I'm having one guitar in standard tuning, another in Open G and will use the third for all the variations on D tunings.

I've already made a start on Dropped D and Open G and have relearn some songs in those tunings (more about this in a future blog).

My plan is to have some songs in each tuning which will give me between 20 and 30 minutes playing time for each tuning.

A longer term goal may be to understand more about the theory for these tunings and learn the chord shapes fo these tunings. At the moment I don't have a clue about it.