Speaking of alternnet tunings

Discussion in 'Music, Theory, Tab and Such' started by Papa Joe, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Didn't want to hijack the other thread to post this..
    Here's one that I found a long time ago that can be fun and very easy to use..
    I taught this to my son-in-law who did not play guitar, but had a sharp ear and loved blues..He caught on so quickly that I had to turn his volume down..
    It's an A9th.. Play it open, (for A) 5th fret, (for D) 7th fret (E) for 3 chord blues or jazz
    All ya gotta do is drop the 4th string 1/2 tone to C#, Then open strum is an A9th..
    I've used this for slide as well.
    Try it..Play a 3 chord blues in the key of A..
    Have fun..
     
  2. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    Thank you! This is fabulous!

    I'm a good guitar player, ok at leads, good at rhythm. Singing... eh... well.. Let's just say no! So I am always looking for ways, tunings etc to vary and carry a tune or set.

    It always amazes me when someone says they've run out of things to "say" with an instrument or there is noting new out there or creative. It's all over!
     
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  3. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    So wait.. Low to high, what is the tuning? Is it akin to C6 I have on the lap steel?
     
  4. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    No it's not a C6th..Open it's an A9th..
    The strings are tuned just like you tune standard guitar EXCEPT ya drop the 4th string one fret (1/2 tone)..
    So low to high it's E--A--C#--G--B--E..
    To Tune--play the 5th string on the 4th fret and tune your 4th string to that tone..
     
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  5. squierbilly

    squierbilly Dr. Squier

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Drop the D a half to C#?.

    Well thats all ya had to say..:D

    Well something must be wrong,, thats too easy!..o_O
     
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  6. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Yeah I know..Just wanted to make communication clear..
     
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  7. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    PJ said that in the 1st post:
    "All ya gotta do is drop the 4th string 1/2 tone to C#"
     
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  8. squierbilly

    squierbilly Dr. Squier

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Well like i said,, its too easy,,
    somethings wrong with the guitar or my ears..
    Sounds out of tune to me..
    What chord phrasing are you using..
    or just a bar..
    all strings or part..
    Capo?..
    Ukulele
    Have a video?..
    :(
     
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  9. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-holic

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    Cool Papa Joe!!!
     
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  10. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    yeah.. I was overthinking it.. AGAIN!

    It's been a hell of a day. I started work at 8am and I still have an hour to go.
     
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  11. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Yick.
     
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  12. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Barre all the way across all the strings..Straight Barre..No other formation of any strings or fingers..One finger all the way across.
    If it sounds out of tune then I'd suspect that you don't play or hear 9th chords..
    The root of the chord is on the 5th string.
    9th chords are the most used in traditional blues..Except maybe 7ths..
     
  13. MrYeats

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    well alrighty then.
     
  14. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    Another trick that I saw in a Jack Pearson video was tuning the G to G# -everything else is standard. He said he used to do this in pickup bands and he'd want open E tuning for some slide. Well.. He didn't have time to do a full tuning so just get the G# and have at it.
     
  15. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Uh Huh..That gave him an E7th, sorta..The 5th string (A) had to be dealt with..
     
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  16. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Here's another that a really good country player that I worked with would use..That dude could play the fire out of anything with strings..
    He's drop the 1st string (E) done to (D) and do banjo rolls with it..
     
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  17. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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