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"Sawmill tuning" or "Mountain minor tuning"
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @4:57:59 PM
G'day friends & neighbours.
Can anybody direct me to an example of "Sawmill tuning" or "Mountain minor tuning". I believe it is also called "G modal" tuning. I am curious what this tuning is used for, and how it sounds. The tuning is gDGCD. That is the "B" string is tuned up to "C".
Thanks from Australia.
on “"Sawmill tuning" or "Mountain minor tuning"”
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @6:30:24 PM
You can search the Hangout by tuning (Sawmill) and Style (Clawhammer) to find examples. Even easier is to try Mike Iverson's site (http://www.bluesageband.com/Tabs.html ) and look for Swmill tunes: Frosty Morning, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Cluck Old Hen, Shady Grove, Kitchen Girl, etc.) It's a great tuning. Frosty Morning and Paddy on a Handcar on my Humepage here are in sawmill also.
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @11:52:20 PM
Your songs are outstanding. What a great sound this is !. I am now hooked. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Peter
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @1:44:25 AM
David also sent me the below response which I thought would be valuable for all readers...
"Glad to help, Peter. I have some tabs with Midi files I can share if you'd like. Most guitar players will play a minor chord to accompany "sawmill". The key is usually Am and the banjo will be tuned up to aEADE or gDGCD will be capoed at the 2nd fret. Often there is only one other chord -- an G (in aEADE tuning) or an F (in gDGCD tuning).
There is also a true Gm tuning where the 2nd string is dropped one tone -- gDGBbD or aEABE. Mike Iverson has Star of the County Down set in this tuning.
Have fun! David"
Thanks David for this valuable info. Peter
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