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Open C#m Tuning – C#G#C#EG#E – Key of C# Natural Minor

Hello all you fellow alt tuners in Alt Tuning Land!

Today’s alt tuning is Open C# Minor Tuning with the notes C#G#C#EG#E. I’m playing in the key of C# Natural Minor.

This video is a song/idea called “Higher” that I wrote while improvising in this alternate tuning. It’s a Muse-influenced song as a celebration of their show tonight, January 25, 2016 at TD Gardens in Boston.

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Lyrics to “Higher” by Scott Quillin

holding back
like I aways wander
back where
I once was, now I can see
reality is failing me
is failing me


Here are the scale notes, numbers, scale degrees and intervals that I’m playing in the song “Higher.”

NOTE: I actually do play outside of the scale on String 6/Fret 11 (C).

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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