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TheChaplain - Posted - 05/22/2020:  12:04:00


Which alternate tunings are major sounding and which ones are minor?

Andyrhydycreuau - Posted - 05/22/2020:  12:19:22


Hi Darren, here are two variants of double C tuning.
eCGCD. Sometimes called "half shaved" tuning. It has a lovely rich C major sound with the first string fretted at 2nd. Works for any tunes clearly in C major.
Then gCGCD# gives a really nice totally open C minor chord as the base. It is an old but little used tuning (ie not my invention) I use this for Darling Cory, Texas rangers, wayfaring stranger too.
And neither is very different to double c, they are not too difficult to get to grips with, as long as you know double c.
Open C is good for C major tunes too. gCGCE. I play "hard times come again no more" in this.
Have fun,
Andy

banjoak - Posted - 05/23/2020:  03:02:25


I mostly use the 3 common tunings.



Here are some other tunings I might use...

gDGDE for G major

gCGCE for C major

aEACE for A minor

gCGBD for G major, C major

gEADE is good for G major, but as well can work for C major, E minor, A minor. (sometimes use step down fDGCD)



I do use some other ones for just a few specific tunes.



 



 


Edited by - banjoak on 05/23/2020 03:07:21

janolov - Posted - 05/23/2020:  03:50:58


Don't forget the open D tuning f#DF#AD or aDF#AD which often is a good alternative to the double D tuning.

mjbrennan - Posted - 05/23/2020:  06:19:21


I use AdaDE. Isn't this double d tuning,or am I missing something..
I am an Irish trad player, tenor banjo, mandola, transitioning to CH, Our tunes are usually in G and D and this tuning really suits their fingering.
Best wishes,
Micheal.

janolov - Posted - 05/23/2020:  06:29:53


quote:

Originally posted by mjbrennan

I use AdaDE. Isn't this double d tuning,or am I missing something..

I am an Irish trad player, tenor banjo, mandola, transitioning to CH, Our tunes are usually in G and D and this tuning really suits their fingering.

Best wishes,

Micheal.






That is what I call double D tuning,  usually GcgCD with capo on second fret.

TheChaplain - Posted - 05/23/2020:  17:09:45


Thanks everyone, this is very helpful!

John Gribble - Posted - 05/24/2020:  16:04:45


Sawmill tuning, but with a F or A on the fifth string makes a good F tuning, but you do need some new chord fingerings

fDGCD
aDGCd

F chord 3203
B flat 0 (or3) 323 (or 0)
C 2002

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