Today is alt tuning #161 since starting on January 1, 2016. My open string notes…
Today’s tuning is Open C6 tuning with the following open string notes:
E G C E A E
The song/idea I wrote while improvising in Open C6 Tuning is called “Way Back Then” and is in the key of G Major:
Here are the chords I’m playing:
DID YOU KNOW?
Every alternate tuning that I feature in my daily blog posts is within a 7-note span?
In other words, in standard tuning, the low E note on String 6 can be tuned down to low C (2 whole steps) and up to F# (1 whole step).
This allows me to share tunings that don’t require us to change strings.
Depending on your string gauge (I use Elixir Nanoweb medium on my acoustic guitar), some of the tunings that go down to low C might sound a bit “floppy” (especially if your strings are old). I don’t really worry about that too much when I’m writing.
I try to be careful not to get too floppy for the daily videos though!
What’s amazing about this 7-note span of alternate tunings (2 whole steps down and 1 whole step up from standard tuning) is there are 64 Open C6 Tunings available.
What’s even more amazing? There are 838 “Open 6 Tunings” covering each of the possible keys:
A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#
That’s a lot of Open 6 Tunings!
How many ways can you play a 6 chord in standard tuning? 🙂
May these daily alt tunings continue to inspire you as you explore songwriting beyond the limitations of standard tuning. If you’d like to learn more about making alt tuning a part of your songwriting, give me a call at 888-7-GUITAR or reach out to me <a href=”https://alttunings.com/contact” target=”_blank”>here</a>.
Until next time…
~Scott Quillin (contact me here)
Did you know? Scott started playing guitar when he was 14 years old back in 1982. A Pittsburgh native, Scott resides in Rhode Island where he teaches guitar, bass, music and songwriting. He also records and mixes songs for local bands and artists as well as his own music. He writes and records nearly every day and has a real passion to help others hear their “inner voice” and express that in songs.
You can listen to more of Scott’s music at https://soundcloud.com/scottquillin.