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Kaleea What guitar tunings and why? (48) RE: What guitar tunings and why? 30 Oct 06

Sometimes it seems like I'm the only finger picker in the world who does not play in any o' them thar dadgum tunings or use a capo. I first learned to play when I was just a kid in Tulsa at about 13, from a pal who hailed from way out the sticks of Kentucky & attended a nearby University as their first Music Composition major. He sometimes used a tuning which I briefly used. It was achieved by tuning the 2nd, 3rd & 4th strings up for E A E A C# E (from 6th to 1st), or the 1st, 5th & 6th down for D G D G B D, depending upon one's vocal range. I have been told that this tuning is one used by old timers from back in the hills in the olden days.

By the time I was out of high school & on the road, I used standard tuning as it was much simpler when working with other Musicians. I learned to play bar chords in whatever key they used, with no capo. Not much arthritis in those youthful days!

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