Today is alt tuning #159 since starting on January 1, 2016. My open string notes are:
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Tonight’s song/idea is titled “Legacy” and is in the key of F# Major.
This tuning was a huge part of today’s creative process and really made “Legacy” possible. It’s amazing to hear all these really interesting chord voicings; they lead me to the next chords in the progression and even inspire the rhythms, tempo and style of whatever I write.
With alternate tunings, I feel like each song/idea I come up with is a collaboration with the tunings. It’s so different writing in alt tunings compared to standard tuning. I like doing both, but I’m really enjoying playing in new guitar tunings every day. I’m hooked!
Tonight’s song includes 2 chords which are out of key (by one note). Adding E to F# Major gives me access to B sus and F# 7sus, 2 chords not typically heard in songs in the key of F# Major (because they’re not in the scale).
This is why I love (and use) our chord charts. Not only can I find my way around any tuning quickly, but I can add interesting chords to my song idea — chords I would have never thought to add, because they are “out of key.” Plus, on my own, I could never access 167 chords in any tuning! Right? 🙂
Hope you enjoy “Legacy” on this amazing Independence Day 2016!
Here are the chords I’m playing while using the full version of our chord charts, which illustrate 167 chords in this 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 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.