I play a lot of open d. The d(reamy) tuning. There's just something about open tunings that fit the way I make music. I get lots of wonderful open chords out of it. I also use open e or g, but for that I just capo the open d. I wish I had one guitar per tuning, like Kevin Shields...
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Re: Favourite tuning?
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:13 pm
other than standard tuning, i'm particularly fond of DADGAD. when you play in friendly keys like G and D, this tuning gives you lots of opportunities for ornamentation via hammer-ons and pull-offs. the lower the bottom string goes, the better i like it...i used to tune acoustic guitar to a C modal tuning when i was a sprout to play Stephen Stills shit: CGCGCC. the nicest thing here is that you can riff on one of the unison top 2 strings and use the other as a drone.
I'm more fond of DADGAe, I find it more fun having the high e there for fun chords and interesting riffs with the top three strings. I've been keeping one guitar in this and one in standard for ages and I love it.
A tuning I have fallen in love with this past year is EGDGBe. Basically drop the A string to G. That's it. But you can play any chord shape you already know in standard or even drop D tuning and you get a rad jazzy chord. Wanna go back to being a simpleton? Bump that Drop D shape down a string and you're on that powerchord train, my dude.
I found this tuning through a couple Pumpkins songs, most notably Thirty Three, but I use it to emulate King Krule's The Ooz and write jazzy shoegazey moody bullshit.