Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trad Guitar Tuning

This site is designed to help those interested in experimenting with alternate guitar tunings, specifically those tunings used most often in Irish traditional music. The contents could however be useful for anyone interested in finding out a little more about alternate tunings, their chord positions, scales and background. The chords and scales presented are meant as a taster, there are of course a myriad of others to be discovered and played with.

What are alternate tunings?

There are three main groupings within alternate tuning: open, regular and instrumental.

In "Open" tuning, the six strings are tuned to form a single chord when strummed without being fretted. This makes it easy to play unusual chord progressions by using "droning" (using one tone continuously in the background behind the tune) Open G plays a G major chord if played open. They are also perfect for playing harmonics on all six strings at the 5th, 7th and 12th frets.

1 comment:

uamaster said...

I'm looking for help figuring out John Doyle's tuning for "Cocks are Crowing". Not as simple as one migh think on first listen. There are some open strings ringing through that I can't explain with his standard dropped D approach. Ideas?