Hello, and welcome to another daily dose of alt tuning fun!
Today’s alternate tuning is Open D 6add4. The open string notes are:
D G B F# A D
Today’s song idea is called “Casually Cool” and features only the notes of the chord D 6add4. This video shows the versatility of playing in open tuning even if you’re only playing one chord (or parts of one chord):
Here are the scale notes, numbers and intervals for the chord D 6add4:
Spend some time experimenting with one chord. Learn how you can play different positions of a chord, or only focus on specific notes of the chord, to create progressions without adding notes found outside of the chord.
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…
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.