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Non Standard Tunings

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Although, far less common than E-A-D-G-B-E, some common alternate tunings are as follows:

I. With chord shapes preserved, just transposed by a few steps:

(i)Higher tunings – each string’s tuning being raised a number of steps over the standard, typically requiring thinner gauge strings - like

A446 tuning: here the A note of the instrument is tuned to 446 Hz instead of 440Hz of standard (concert) tuning. This gives a brighter sound all together.

F tuning: F-A#-D#-G#-C-F

F# tuning: F#-B-E-A-C#-F#

(ii)Lower tunings – each string’s tuning being lowered a number of steps above or below the standard, typically requires thicker gauge strings - like
Eb tuning: Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb

D tuning: D-G-C-F-A-D

C tuning: C-F-Bb-Eb-G-C

II. With chord shapes different from E-A-D-G-B-E:

Drop D tuning: D-A-D-G-B-E

Open C Major: C-G-C-G-C-E

Admiral tuning: C-G-D-G-B-C

Buzzard tuning: C-F-C-G-A#-F

Many of these non-standard tunings are used by famous musicians. Slash from GNR uses Eb tuning.

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