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Open C#m6 Tuning – Key Of B Major

Open C#m6 Tuning – Key of B Major

Tonight’s alt tuning blog post features Open C#m6 tuning (C#A#C#EG#E). I’m playing in the key of B Major. The only change from Open C#m7 Tuning – Key of C# Natural Minor is that String 5 changes from B to A#. This changes the open chord from C#m7 to C#m6.

From the research I’ve done, this is another NEW TUNING, which means the chord voicings will have a unique sound even when playing progressions that are common or familiar.

The video below is a song called “When I,” written this morning while I was improvising and experimenting in C#m6 tuning with a bit of fingerstyle.

Does the bird on the thumb make more sense now? I didn’t think so 🙂

Here are the scale notes, numbers, scale degrees and intervals I’m playing:

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 here.

Until next time…

~Scott Quillin

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


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