It’s Monday in Alt Tuning Land and I’m really excited and inspired after listening to the most amazing podcast ever! Jude Gold, fellow guitar player and host of the podcast No Guitar Is Safe interviews Kevin Cadogan, founding member and former songwriter and guitarist of Third Eye Blind. Jude and Kevin have been friends for years, even before the band took off and Kevin was birthed into Stardom.
Along with entertaining stores both personal and band-related, we’re treated to a behind-the-scenes look into songwriting and the amazing world of guitar tunings. I feel like I’m in the studio with them hanging out. My people group! Funny voices and all.
Here is the full podcast:
Now let’s take a look at today’s alternate tuning, #135 since starting on January 1, 2016.
My open string notes are:
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Today’s song/idea is titled “Bright Sunny Day” and I’m playing in the key of E Major.
Here are the chords I’m playing:
I add the note A# to the scale which allows me to add the chord F# Major to my progression. Adding chords outside of the scale (by one note) adds interesting twists to even the most typical chord progressions.
I only play this “out of the scale” chord for 2 beats but it really sets up the A Major chord which is the last chord of my progressions.
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 how to use alternate tunings to expand and develop your own songwriting, give me a call at 888-7-GUITAR or use our online form to 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.