VARIOUS TUNINGS FOR GUITAR


  Various Tunings For Guitar Including Open and Alternative Tunings
TUNINGS:
Sound
Midi Files:
USUAL
NAME:
ALTERNATIVE NAMES &
INFORMATION:
T'n'T
No.:
6
5
4
3
2
1
E
A
D
G
B
E
Standard Tuning Normal Tuning,
Universal Tuning,
Old Standard Tuning,
OST
001
D
A
D
G
B
E
Dropped 'D' Tuning 'D' Tuning,
Lowered 'D' Tuning,
Low 'D' Tuning,
Drop 'D'
Open G6 Tuning
Down D Tuning
002
D G D G B E DGDGBE Dropped 'G' Tuning Lowered 'G' Tuning,
Low 'G' Tuning,
Double Dropped 'D' Tuning (see also DADGBD),
Drop 'G',  Bastard 'G',
Open G6th Tuning,
Dropped D-G,
Pseudo Russian Tuning
English Tuning
English D Tuning
Dropped DG,   Drop D
003
D
G
D
G
B
D
Open 'G' Tuning Slack-Key,
Spanish Tuning,
Hawaiian Tuning,
Sebastopol Tuning,
Open G Major Tuning
Taro Patch Tuning (1)
004
D
A
D
F#
A
D
Open 'D' Tuning Vestapol Tuning,
Sebastopol Tuning,
'D' Tuning,
Nick Drake (9)
Vasserpoo Tuning
Vestibule Tuning
005
C
G
C
G
C
E
Open 'C' Tuning  
006
E
A
C#
E
A
E
Open 'A' Tuning (1)  
007
E
A
E
A
C#
E
Open 'A' Tuning (2)  
008
E
B
E
G#
B
E
Open 'E' Tuning (1)  
009
E
A
E
G#
B
E
Open 'E' Tuning (2)  
010
E
B
E
G#
C#
E
Open 'E6th' Tuning (1) C# minor 7th Tuning
011
E
B
E
G#
B
C#
Open 'E6th' Tuning (2)  
012
E
A
E
A
C
E
Open 'A minor' Tuning (1)  
013
E
A
C
E
A
E
Open 'A minor' Tuning (2)  
014
D
A
D
F
A
D
Open 'D minor' Tuning Cross-Note Tuning,
D-Cross-Note Tuning
Open Dm
015
E
B
E
G
B
E
Open 'E minor' Tuning Cross-Note Tuning,
E-Cross-Note Tuning
016
D
G
D
G
Bb
D
Open 'G minor' Tuning G-Cross-Note Tuning
017
D
G
D
G
C
D
G-Modal Tuning Saw-Mill Tuning,
Mountain Modal Tuning,
Strathspey Tuning
Gsus4 Tuning
018
D
A
D
G
A
D
D-Modal Tuning 'DADGAD' Tuning
019
E
A
D
F#
B
E
Lute Tuning
Vihuela Tuning
Elizabethan Lute Tuning
Nick Drake (5)
Clive Carroll Lute Tuning
020
E
A
D
G
B
D
Lowered 1st Tuning Fake G
Flip D Tuning
021
E
A
Db
G
B
E
Lowered 4th Tuning  
022
C
G
C
G
A
D
'C-D' Tuning Rememberance Tuning
Michael Hedges Tuning (3)
023
C
G
D
G
B
E
  Drop 'CG', Drop 'C'
C Wahine Tuning
Keola’s C
Jessica / Jolymont
024
D
A
D
G
A
E
  Dropped 'D' (2)
025
E
A
D
E
A
E
  Open 'E' [modal]
026
C
G
C
G
C
F
  Ravi Shankar Tuning
027
D
A
E
G
B
E
   
028
D
A
D
A
A
D
  Raga Tuning
029
C
G
D
G
A
D
Low 'C' Lowered 'C' Tuning,
New Jersey Tuning
Face Tuning
Whistling Milkman
030
C
G
D
G
B
D
Drop C Open 'G' [major] (with C bass),
Wahine (1)
Ozzie Kotani Tuning
031
D
G
D
G
A
D
   
032
D
A
D
G
B
D
Nick Drake (8) Double-drop 'D' Tuning,
Double Dropped 'D' Tuning
Drop D High D
033
D
A
D
E
B
C#
   
034
C
G
C
G
A
C
  Pastoral Tuning
C6 no 3rd
Ugly Duckling
035
D
A
D
F#
B
D
  Phil Keaggy (1)
036
C
G
D
G
Bb
D
  Sad Pig Tuning
Dave Evans Tuning (1)
037
D
A
D
F#
A
C
   
038
D
A
D
F#
A
C#
  Wahine (2)
D maj7 Tuning
Soft Tuning
039
D
A
D
E
B
D
   
040
D
A
D
E
A
D
  Pelican Tuning
Halloween Tuning
041
D
G
D
E
A
D
   
042
D
G
D
E
B
D
  G6 Tuning
043
D
A
D
G
D
D
DADGDD
   
044
D
F#
D
G
B
E
DF#DGBE
   
045
E
G
D
G
B
E
   
046
G
G
D
G
B
D
GGDGBD
Nick Drake (7) Open 'G' Tuning
Keith Richard's Tuning
047
D
A
D
D
A
D
Open 'D' (2) Too Many D's
Four & Twenty
Modal Tuning
D Modal
Papa-Papa
048
D
A
D
E
A
E
  Overpower Tuning
049
D
B
D
G
B
F
   
050
C
A
B
A
B
E
   
051
G
D
G
D
B
D
   
052
C
G
C
G
B
E
CGCGBE
   
053
C
G
C
G
C
C
CGCGCC
  McDonald Tuning
054
D
G
D
G
G
D
DGDGGD
Open 'G' (2) Too Many G's
055
C
G
C
G
G
C
CGCGGC
   
056
D
A
D
A
D
D
DADADD
   
057
D
A
D
F#
A
C#
DADF#AC#
   
058
D
F#
D
G
B
D
DF#DGBD
   
059
E
E
B
E
B
E
EEBEBE
   
060
D
G
D
D
A
D
DGDDAD
   
061
C
G
D
G
C
D
Mountain Minor Shifted DADGAD,
Orkney Tuning,
Gsus4 with C bass
062
D
A
D
F#
A
B
DADF#AB
   
063
C#
F#
C#
F#
C#
F#
C#F#C#F#C#F#
   
064
D
A
D
G
G
D
   
065
E
E
E
E
B
E
EEEEBE
Still's Tuning Too Many E's
066
D
A
D
G
C
C
DADGCC
Hedge's Tuning (1)  
067
D
A
E
E
A
A
DAEEAA
Hedge's Tuning (2)  
068
E
A
D
G
B
E
EADGBE
Hi-Note Tuning  
(See Note 2. Below)
Hi-String Tuning,
Nashville Tuning
069
D
B
G
D
G
D
DBGDGD
Open 'G' Tuning (2)  
070
G
B
D
G
B
D
GBDGBD
Open 'G' Tuning (3) Dobro Tuning
High Bass Tuning
071
G
Bb
D
G
Bb
D
GBbDGBbD
Open 'Gminor' Tuning (2)  
072
G
C
D
G
C
E
GCDGCE
   
073
G
G
G
G
G
D
GGGGGD
   
074
E
A
B
E
A
E
EABEAE
   
075
D
G
G
D
G
A
DGGDGA
   
076
D
A
D
A
A
E
DADAAE
   
077
C
G
C
CGCDGA
  A Martin Carthy Tuning
078
D
G
D
G
G
D
DGDGGD
   
079
C
G
C
G
C
Eb
CGCGCEb
C minor Tuning  
080
B
F#
B
E
G#
C#
BF#BEG#C#
Heavy Metal Tuning Drop 'B' Tuning,
Dropped 'B' Tuning
081
D
D
D
D
D
D
DDDDDD
Velvet Underground Tuning The strings are tuned in pairs in unison
(i.e. strings 6&5, 4&3, 1&2) 
Ostrich Tuning
082
E
Ab
B
E
Ab
B
EAbBEAbB
Jackie Leven Tuning  
083
E
A
D
G
C
F
Stanley Jordan Tuning Tom Noonan Tuning
084
D
G
C
F
A
D
Ben Harper Tuning  
085
F#
A
D
F#
A
E
F#ADF#AE
   
086
C
G
D
A
E
G
New Standard Tuning As used by the:
California Guitar Trio.
Fripp Tuning
Robert Fripp Tuning
NST
087
D
A
D
A
D
E
DADADE
Robin Williamson (1) RW 1
088
C
G
C
G
C
D
CGCGCD
Robin Williamson (2) Same as (RW 1) (tuning 088) but
1 whole tone down , RW 2.
Modified Orkney Tuning
Martin Carthy Tuning
Open C
Clive Carroll (1)
089
C
G
C
F
A
D
CGCFAD
   
090
D
A
D
G
C
D
DADGCD
D-Modal Version 1a ex Trey Buchanan (Ill)
Four d'en Haut
 
091
B
E
B
E
B
E
EEBEBE
Nick Drake 1  
092
D
A
C
E
B
E
DACEBE
Sergio 1  
093
C
G
C
F
C
D
CGCFCD
Csus4/9  
094
A
A
D
G
B
E
AADGBE
Dropped 'A' Tuning Drop 'A' Tuning
095
E
A
D
G
C
E
EADGCE
   
096
C
A
D
G
C
E
CADGCE
   
097
C
A
D
G
B
E
CADGBE
Dropped 'C' Tuning  
098
F
G
D
G
C
D
FGDGCD
  Eric Schoenberg 01
099
Eb
Ab
C
F
C
Eb
EbAbCFCEb
Hamada Takasi Ragtime Tuning 1 Otarunay Tuning
100
C
Ab
C
F
C
Eb
CAbCFCEb
Hamada Takasi Ragtime Tuning 2  
101
E
F#
B
E
B
E
EF#BEBE
   
102
E
B
E
G
A
D
EBEGAD
Peter Finger Tuning  
103
D
G
D
G
A#
D
DGDGA#D
Open 'G minor'  
104
C
A
D
F
A
D
CADFAD
Open D [minor] (with C bass)
105
E G C G C E EGCGCE Open 'C' (2)   106
E G# C# F# B E EG#C#F#BE Shifted 'E' Tuning Sinisa Petric Tuning 107
D G D G A E DGDGAE Old Spanish Tuning   108
E A D F# A E EADF#AE Lute Tuning (2)   109
A D A D A D ADADAD   Roger Tallroth Tuning 110
D A D E B E DADEBE   Wizz Jones Tuning 111
B A G D A D BAGDAD   A John Renbourn Tuning 112
B A D D A D BADDAD     113
C C# D D# E F CC#DD#EF     114
E B G D A E EBGDAE Reverse Standard
Upside-down Tuning
Upside-down Standard
Lefty Tuning
115
B
E
B
E
B
E
BEBEBE Nick Drake (2)  A Nick Drake-ism
 Stairs Tuning
 Strings 6, 4 and 2 are an octave apart. Strings 5, 3 and 1 are also an octave apart.
116
C
G
C
F
C
E
CGCFCE Nick Drake (3) Back Country Tuning (2)
Open C Alternate
117
B
B
D
G
B
E
BBDGBE Nick Drake (4)  
118
E
A
D
E
B
E
EADEBE Nick Drake (6)  
119
E A D G A E EADGAE Nick Drake (10)  
120
A A D E B E AADEBE Nick Drake (11)  
121
C G C F G E CGCFGE Nick Drake (12)  
122
D A D G D F# DADGDF# Nick Drake (13)  
123
D
A
D
G
D
G
DADGDG Nick Drake (14)  
124
D
A
D
G
A
G
DADGAG    Silent Father
125
G G D G G A GGDGGA Open G Add 9  
126
E
A
D
E
E
A
EADEEA   Balalaika Tuning
127
C
F
C
G
C
D
CFCGCD   Cittern Tuning (1)
128
C
G
C
G
C
G
CGCGCG   Cittern Tuning (2)
129
C
G
C
E
A
E
CGCEAE
  Charango Tuning
130
C
E
G
A#
C
D
CEGA#CD
  Overtone Tuning
131
A
C
D
E
G
A
ACDEGA   Pentatonic Tuning
132
C
G
D
G
B
C
CGDGBC   Admiral Tuning
133
C
F
C
G
A#
F
CFCGA#F   Buzzard Tuning
134
D
A
C
G
C
E
DACGCE   Layover Tuning
135
A
B
E
F#
A
D
ABEF#AD   Hot Type Tuning
136
C
F
C
G
A
E
CFCGAE   Magic Farmer Tuning
137
D
G
D
F
A
A#
DGDFAA#   Processional Tuning
138
D
G
D
F
C
D
DGDFCD   Slow Motion Tuning
139
C#
A
C#
G#
A
E
C#AC#G#AE   Spirit Tuning
Will Ackerman Tuning
140
E
C
D
F
A
D
ECDFAD   Toulouse Tuning
141
F A# D F C D# FA#DFCD#   Simon Fox Tuning (1)
142
E G D G B D EGDGBD  
143
F G C G C E FGCGCE   Occasionally written as "FGCGB#E"
144
C
G
C
E
G
C
CGCEGC
  David Crosby Tuning
Open C
145
D
A
D
D
A
F#
DADDAF#
   
146
F#
A
D
F#
A
D
F#ADF#AD
  Dobro 'D' Tuning
147
B
E
B
E
G#
B
BEBEG#B
  Low 'E' Tuning
Low Spanish
148
C
F
C
F
A
C
CFCFAC
Taropatch Albert King Tuning
Taro Patch Tuning (2)
Spanish Fandango
149
F
C
F
G#
C
F
FCFG#CF
  Albert Collins Tuning
150
C#
A
C#
A
C#
E
C#AC#AC#E
   
151
D
G
D
G
B
C
DGDGBC
   
152
C
G
C
F
G
Bb
CGCFGBb
  Sitar Tuning
153
C
G
D
G
C
F
CGDGCF
  Modal Tuning, Passover Tuning
154
A
A
C#
A
A
E
AAC#AAE
  'A' Unison Tuning
155
A
E
C
A
C
E
AECACE
  'A' Minor Tuning
156
A
A
E
E
E
A
AAEEEA
  Drone Tuning
157
B
E
E
G#
B
E
BEEG#BE
  Octave 'E' Tuning
158
B
F#
D
D
F#
D
BF#DDF#D
  'B' Minor Tuning
159
B
G
B
D
G
B
BGBDGB
  Low 'G' Tuning
160
C
G
C
G
Bb
Eb
CGCGBbEb
  'Cm7' Tuning
161
C
G
D
D
A
E
CGDDAE
  Fifths Tuning
162
C
G#
C
F
G#
F
CG#CFG#F
  'Fm' Tuning
163
D
G
D
A
B
D
DGDABD
  'Gadd9' Tuning
164
D
G
D
F#
G
D
DGDF#GD
  'G' Modal Tuning
165
D
A
D
F#
G
C
DADF#GC
  Harmonic Tuning
166
D
A
E
F#
C
D
DAEF#CD
  'D9' Tuning
167
Eb
G
C
G
C
D
EbGCGCD
  'C minor add 9' Tuning
168
Eb
G
Eb
Bb
G
Eb
EbGEbGEb
  Inverted String 'Eb' Tuning
169
E
E
E
E
B
B
EEEEBB
  Unison Tuning
170
E
A
E
G
A
C
EAEGAC
  'Am7' Tuning
171
E
B
D
G
A
D
EBDGAD
  Graham Nash (1) Tuning
172
E
B
E
F#
G
D
EBEF#GD
  'E minor' Modal Tuning
173
F
F
C
G
G
D
FFCGGD
  High Fifths Tuning
174
F
G
C
D
C
D
FGCDCD
  'F' Modal Tuning
175
C G C G A E CGCGAE   C6 Tuning
176
D A D E G C DADEGC   C6add9 Tuning
177
D A D A C F DADACF   Dm7 Tuning
178
E A E F# C# E EAEF#C#E   A6 Tuning
179
D
A
A
E
A
E
DAAEAE   Dick Gaughan
Simon Fox Tuning (2)
180
C
G
E
G
C
E
CGEGCE
  Eric Lugosch Tuning
Big Wreck Tuning
181
F A D G B E FADGBE   Precious Bryant Tuning
182
D A D F C D DADFCD   1/2 cercle
183
D A C G A D DACGAD   McLynn
184
D G D G A C DGDGAC   Quebec
185
D G D F Bb C DGDFBbC   Memor
186
C G D E A D CGDEAD   Contest
187
G C E G C E GCEGCE   Peg-Leg Howell C Tuning
188
C E G C E G CEGCEG    Barrel Tuning
189
C E G A C E CEGACE   C6th Tuning
190
C# E G A C E C#EGACE   C6th/A7th Tuning
191
C D F# A B C CDF#ABC   D13th Tuning
192
C# D# F# A C# E C#D#F#AC#E   B11th Tuning
193
F# A# C# F# A# F# F#A#C#F#A#F#   Mayfield Tuning
194
E A B E B B EABEBB   Steve Baughman (1) Tuning
195
B
E
A
D
G
C
BEADGC
6-string bass tuning
196
C
A
C
F
A
C
CACFAC
Open F (2) Tuning
197
D
G
C
G
C
D
DGCGCD
Rainsong Tuning
198
E
B
D
F#
G
D
EBDF#GD
E Minor Modal Tuning
199
B
F#
B
E
G#
B
BF#BEG#B   Isis Tuning
200
C
F
C
G
A
C
CFCGAC   F Modal Tuning,
Back Country Tuning
201
C
G
C
A
G
E
CGCAGE   C6 (2) Tuning
202
C
C
C
G
C
E
CCCGCE   C (3) Tuning
203
D
G
D
F#
B
D
DGDF#BD   Gmaj7 Tuning
204
D
A
E
F
C
E
DAEFCE   William Eaton Tuning
205
D
Bb
D
F
Bb
D
DBbDFBbD
Bb Tuning
206
E
A
E
A
C#
D
EAEAC#D
A Modal Tuning
207
E
B
F#
G#
B
E
EBF#G#BE
Steve Vai Tuning
208
F
C
D
A
C
F
FCDACF
F6 Tuning
209
F#
C#
F#
A#
C#
F#
F#C#F#A#C#F#
Slash Tuning
210
D
A
D
G
A
C
DADGAC
Compact Tuning,
'D' Slow Motion Tuning
211
C
G
C
G
Bb
D
CGCGBbD
G minor C bass Tuning
212
E
A
E
E
B
E
EAEEBE
A Modal Tuning
213
D
G
C
G
C
E
DGCGCE
 Ragtime Passion Tuning
214
C F Bb Eb G C
CFBbEbGC
'C' Standard Tuning
215
D A E A C# E
DAEAC#E
A/D Tuning
216
E G C G C D
EGCGCD
Csus4/E Tuning
217
F# B E G B E
F#BEGBE
Em/F# Tuning
218
F#
G
D
G
B
D
F#GDGBD
G/F# Tuning
219
D
G
D
G
Bb
F
DGDGBbF   Open Gm7
220
F
F
C
G
A
C
FFCGAC
Open F Alternate
221
D
C
G
D
G
D
Dominique Rivière Tuning (1)
222
E B B E A B EBBEAB   Frailing Tuning
223
B
G
D
A
D
G
BGDGAD   G Modal Tuning
Chatanooga Tuning
224
C
F
C
G
G
C
CFCGGC   Modal Master Tuning
(the second string (a G) is tuned slightly sharp to create a chorusing effect)
225
D
G
D
A
Bb
F
DGDABbF   Modal G Minor Tuning
226
E
A
E
G#
A
C#
EAEG#AC#   Alternate A Major 7th Tuning
227
F
Bb
D
G
Bb
D
FBbDGBbD   Bb/G Minor Tuning
228
E
A
D
F#
A
D
Open D9th
Sweet Jivin Mama Tuning
229
E
A
B
E
B
C#
EABEBC#
.
230
E A C# G B D EAC#GBD
A11 Tuning
 
231
D A D A B C DADABC
Graham Nash 2
232
C
Bb
D
G
A
E
CBbDGAE
C13 Tuning
 
233
B
E
A
E
G#
C#
BEAEG#C#
1/2 Bent 1 Step-Up
234
F#
F#
C#
G#
A
E
F#F#C#G#AE
F#m7 Tuning
The second F# (5th string) is tuned slightly sharp to obtain a slight chorusing effect
235
B
E
A
G
B
E
BEAGBE
7/6 Tuning
236
B
F#
C#
F#
B
D
BF#C#F#BD
Condemned Tuning
237
C
G
C
G
Ab
Eb
CGCGAbEb
Spooky Tuning
238
D
A
C#
F
A
C#
DAC#FAC#
Kryptonic Tuning
239
E
G
C
A
C
E
EGCACE
C6 Tuning
240
Eb
Bb
F
Bb
C
C#
EbBbFBbCC#
Ambient Tuning
241
E
A
C#
F#
B
E
EAC#F#BE
 
242
E
A
B
G
B
E
EABGBE
Josh Tuning
243
E
A
B
G
B
D
EABGBD
Josh Alternative
244
E
A
D
G
A
D
EADGAD
McLachlan Tuning
Michael Hedges Tuning (5)
245
E
A
C
E
A
C
EACEAC
Accord Nouveau Alternative
246
E
A
D
F
A
C
EADFAC
Flat Tuning
247
E
A
D
G
Bb
F
EADGBbF
Swallow Tuning
248
E
F#
B
E
A
D
EF#BEAD
  Turkish Oud Alternative
249
E
A
B
F#
B
D
EABF#BD
   Josh Alternative
250
E
G#
Eb
G#
B
C
EG#EbG#BC
   Melt Banana Tuning
251
E
A
D
G
B
C#
EADGBC#
   We Never Change
252
E
A
D
F#
A
Eb
EADF#AEb
   Sharp Tuning
253
E
A
D
G#
B
E
EADG#BE
 Soft As Snow
254
E
A
D
G
Bb
Eb
EADGBbEb
 Off Your Face
255
D
A
D
F
C
E
DADFCE
Nick Drake Tuning (15)
256
D
Eb
F
A
Bb
D
DEbFABbD
Koto Tuning
257
D
E
G
A
B
D
DEGABD
Koto Alternative
258
D
A
D
E
A
C#
DADEAC#
 
259
D
A
C
F
A
D
DACFAD
 
260
D
A
C#
E
A
E
DAC#EAE
 
261
D
A
E
B
A
E
DAEBAE
Armenian Oud Tuning
262
D
A
E
B
F#
C#
DAEBF#C#
Armenian Oud Alternative
263
D
G
A
D
G
C
DGADGC
Egyptian Oud Tuning
264
D
A
C
E
A
D
DACEAD
 Kora Reverse
265
D
A
E
A
C#
D
DAEAC#D
 Ambient-type
266
D
A
D
A
B
D
DADABD
 Stephen Malkmus Tuning
267
D
A
B
E
A
B
DABEAB
 Portugese Guitarra (1)
268
D
A
B
E
A
D
DABEAD
 Portugese Guitarra (2)
269
D
G
C#
F#
B
E
DGC#F#BE
 Laud Alternative
270
D
Bb
C
F
A
D
DBbCFAD
 Cuba Tuning
 Cibao Alternative
271
D
G
C
E
A
D
DGCEAD
 New Lute Tuning
272
D
A
C
G
C
F
DACGCF
 Winter Funk
 Dm11 Tuning
273
D
A
A
F#
A
E
DAAF#AE
 Big Tuning
 Dadd9 Tuning
274
D
A
D
E
C
D
DADECD
 Blue Vertigo
275
D
F
B
G
D
E
DFBGDE
 Virch
276
D
A
D
C#
A
C#
DADC#AC#
 
277
D
A
C#
E
B
C#
DAC#EBC#
Peppino D'Agostino Tuning
278
C
G
C
F
C
F
CGCFCF
Nick Drake Tuning (16)
279
C
G
E
G
A
E
CGEGAE
 
280
C
A
C
G
C
E
CACGCE
Goo Goo Dolls Tuning
281
C
G
D
F
C
E
CGDFCE
 Joni Mitchell (2)
282
C
G
C
G
B
C
CGCGBC
Beau Tuning
283
C
G
Eb
G
C
E
CGEbGCE
Cheb Minor
284
C
F
C
F
A
F
CFCFAF
Bron Y Aur Stomp
285
C
G
D
G
B
B
CGDGBB
Pavement
286
C
A
D
G
A
D
CADGAD
C6/9no3rd Tuning
'CADGAD' Tuning
287
C
G
D
A
A
C
CGDAAC
Zither Melody Tuning
288
C
E
B
E
B
C
CEBEBC
Oddity
289
C
G
C
Eb
B
C
CGCEbBC
Luna
290
C
A
C
G
G#
C
CACGG#C
Thurston Jag Alternative
291
F
A
D
A
D
E
FADADE
Swervedriver
292
F
A
C
G
C
C
FACGCC
 
293
F
A
Eb
G
C
E
FAEbGCE
F9 Tuning
294
F
Bb
D
F
G#
C
FBbDFG#C
 
295
F
A
D
D
G
D
FADDGD
The Edge
296
F
Bb
C
F
A
D
FBbCFAD
Keola Beamer
297
F
C
D
G
C
F
FCDGCF
Iraqi Oud Alternative
298
F
A
D
G
C
F
FADGCF
Mid-Eastern Oud
299
F
G
C
F
A
D
FGCFAD
Argentinian Tiple
300
F
A
C
G
C
E
FACGCE
Poetic Tuning
Fmaj9 Tuning
301
D
Bb
D
G
A
D
DBbDGAD
Michael Hedges Tuning (4)
302
C#
E
G
Bb
C
D
C#EGBbCD
Leavitt
 
303
B
D
E
G#
B
E
BDEG#BE
E7th
 
304
A
C#
E
A
C#
E
AC#EAC#E
Old-time Hawaiian
305
G
G
C
G
C
E
GGCGCE
 
306
B
F#
B
B
F#
B
BF#BBF#B
Joni Mitchell (1)
307
A
A
D
G
A
D
AADGAD
Ani DeFranco (1)
308
E
E
B
A
B
D
EEBABD
Ani DeFranco (2)
309
E
A
E
A
B
E
EAEABE
  Zimmerman Tuning
310
E
A
G#
F#
A#
D#
EAG#F#A#D#
Moon Tuning
311
E
G# B F# A# D# EG#BF#A#D#
Toe Tuning
312
C
G
Eb
G
C
Eb
CGEbGCEb
H. Aoki Tuning (1)
313
F# A D A D F# F#ADADF#   D (3)
314
E B E E G# E EBEEG#E   E (3)
315
D B D F# G D DBDF#GD   G Modal (2)
316
C A C G A F CACGAF   Open Ended Tuning
317
Bb Bb D F G D BbBbDFGD   B6th. The 6th and 5th strings are an octave apart.
318
B F# B F# C# D BF#BF#C#D   Bm9
319
G
D
G
D
A
D
GDGDAD
 
320
A
E
A
E
B
E
AEAEBE
 
321
D
G
D
A
E
D
DGDAED
 
322
E
Ab
C
E
Ab
C
EAbCEAbC
Major Thirds
Tuning
Major Third Tuning
3rd Tuning
323
D
C
D
G
A
D
DCDGAD
Mick Nolan Tuning
 
324
C
G
D
G
A
C
CGDGAC
Clive Carrol Tuning (2)
 
325
D
A
D
F#
A
G
DADF#AG
Ray Norris Tuning
 
326
E G B D# F# A# EGBD#F#A# Viana Tuning  
327
A
G
D
F
A
D
AGDFAD
Bomb Tuning
 
328
D A D A C D DADACD
Special D
Frank J. Norbert Tuning
329
E A C G A
E
EACGAE
Phil Hare
Tuning (1)
 
330
 


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NOTES ON VARIOUS TUNINGS

1. Most Used Tunings ? - The most commonly used tunings are the first three in the list, Standard Tuning, Dropped 'D' Tuning (or Low D Tuning) and Dropped 'G' Tuning (occasionally called Double Dropped D Tuning). Following this the major 'favourites' seem to be Open 'G' Tuning, Open 'D' Tuning, Open 'C' Tuning and DADGAD Tuning. Some players use only one of the others and do not experiment any further. Some players, notably Classical guitar players, stick solely with Standard Tuning. However, by far the majority of players use a small few for most of their playing and occasionally experiment with something a little more outlandish. The main point is to try a couple; see if you can get along with them and if they can enhance your music; most of all have FUN with them.

2. Hi-Note or Hi-String Tuning: - (also known as Nashville Tuning) uses the notes EADGBE which looks as though it is the same as Standard Tuning. Do not be fooled, it is not the same! The reason is that the bass strings are removed from the guitar and are replaced with another set of treble strings which are then tuned to the relative notes. Consequently a much higher sound is produced which has a greater tendency to cut through when other instruments are being played as part of a band. Be careful however, as not all finger-picked tunes which sound well on a normally strung guitar will sound well with this string arrangement; some do and some don't - you'll have to try them and make the decision yourself. The tuning is most often used in 'Country & Western' music but it does have other possibilities, which need investigating, for both solo/instrumental work and also for providing a contrasting backing accompaniment for a low pitched singing voice. This restringing of a guitar and replacing one or more bass strings with higher, thinner treble strings is called re-entrant stringing and nearly all of the tunings in the above table can be applied when they will be called re-entrant tunings as the bass strings will now be higher than some of the mid/treble strings.

Nashville tuning is a little more involved than just tuning your guitar differently. It's also known as high-stringing a guitar because different strings need to be used. It creates a 12 string effect on a 6 string guitar. The simplest way to explain it is, you use the high octave strings of a 12 string set of strings on a six-string guitar. The first two strings of your instrument (high E and B) remain unchanged, and the lower four strings (G through low E) are tuned an octave above standard tuning. It is possible to buy ready-made string sets for Nashville tuning but they may be hard to find. You can use a 12-string set ( just use the octave or thin strings) but that's kind of expensive. The best way for you may be to buy the strings individually from your local music store's single-string bin.

The gauges for a medium set would be .012, .016, .010, .014, .020, .030 high to low.
A light set would be .010, .014, .009, .012, .018, .027 high to low.
All strings are unwound except for the low E which is wound.

How to get into Nashville Tuning: - Here's how you do it :-

Leave the E and B strings alone, they stay the same.

Use a 009 or 010 as a G string and tune it up to G, the same G you hear on the 3rd fret of the E string.

Use a 012 as a D string and tune it to D, the same D as you hear on the 3rd fret of the B string,

Use a 016 as A string. Tune it relative to the D string.

Use a 024 wound string as a bottom E. Tune it relative to the A.

Now you have a guitar that's tuned EADGBE as normal, but you'll hear all kinds of nice doubling up of notes emerging. The hardest part is convincing your fingers that you can still play as normal, especially when you hit that really high G string.

3. Tuning Your Guitar: - The most accurate method of tuning available today (2001) is via one of the portable battery operated tuning machines distributed by companies such as Boss, Sony, Yamaha, etc. All of the better models have a jack-socket input so that they can be placed between the guitar and the amplifier for electric and electro-acoustic guitars. This has made tuning on stage very simple and direct and is not troubled by sounds from other instruments in the band or from people in the audience. A new idea has recently appeared for those with purely acoustic (i.e. un-amplified guitars) and this is a small clip-on microphone which clips to the edge of the sound-hole of the guitar, or even to the headstock, and then plugs into the jack-socket of the tuner. Again, this is said to allow an acoustic guitar to be tuned accurately even while other people are playing and/or singing - this is a definite advantage as trying to tune a guitar by ear in a room full of people playing is something I find impossible - I normally have to go and tune in the loo. Some people find they can tune by ear in a noisy environment by placing the ear against the side of the guitar, not for me I'm afraid. Give me a decent tuner any day of the week!

A newer form of an electronic tuner (as at 2008) is the 'vibration' or 'headstock' tuner. This clips to the headstock of your instrument and instead of having a microphone it picks up the vibration of the string through the neck and headstock of your guitar. They seem to work well, are relatively cheap (£20.00) and have the advantage of working in noisy environments. They also light the note display area making them excellent for on stage tuning. A good example is the Intelli IMT-900 Clip-on Chromatic Tuner. Crafter also produce a decent one at £14 - the TG-200H. Both the IMT-900 and the TG-200H are Chromatic Tuners.

A tuner will most definitely simplify changing to some of these altered tunings, particularly when you are under pressure in a performance either on stage or even in front of your friends and relatives. At all these times you will often find that your 'ear' goes and you cannot even decide whether the note you need is higher or lower than the note you are starting with. The machine does not get nervous and will give you the correct answer every time no matter what the pressures. There is no great 'macho-ness' involved in being able to tune by ear. In fact even the best of the people who do so are usually still slightly out when they have finished and are rarely in 'concert pitch' - (the standard for tuning for all orchestral instruments (A=440Hz)). Surely the most important thing, as far as your audience is concerned, is that your instrument is in tune - no matter how good a picker you become you will still sound dreadful if your instrument is not in tune. This becomes even more important if you want to play along with other people; then you must all be in tune together. Invest in a machine; it is well worth it!

4.    If you know of any other tunings please do e-mail me and let me know about them. I can then add them to the list above. E-mail me at: .

5. See also, the Wikipedia article on guitar tunings over at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_guitar_tunings

6. Open Tunings - are those tunings where the strings on the guitar are specifically tuned to notes which when played unfretted will produce a recognisable chord (e.g. Open 'G' produces a chord of 'G' (now there is a surprise) when it is strummed without any strings being fretted; likewise Open 'D' produces a chord of 'D' and Open 'A' produces a chord of 'A'). 

7. Altered Tunings (occasionally called Amended Tunings or Extended Tunings, or even Enhanced Tunings) - are those tunings where the strings are tuned to notes other than those in Standard Tuning (EADGBE - 6th to 1st string (thickest to thinnest)) but which do NOT play a chord when they are strummed unfretted (e.g DADGAD).

Many thanks. Hope you enjoyed dropping in. Cheers, take care and keep on pluckin'.


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