Bring some new exciting vibe and creative ideas to your songwriting and playing, as easy as tuning your guitar. You may be shocked at the doors this can open to your creative side.
5 Cool Guitar Tunings.
Shout out to Ted Drozdowski of Gibson Guitars for info, links and example songs.
• Open G:
Open G (D-G-D-G-B-D) Open G is used by Sheryl Crow and Keith Richards, whose open G rhythm guitar lays the basis of many of the greatest Rolling Stones hits. “Tumbling Dice” is a great example in the video below. Keith strips that low D string off his guitar, making it easier to rock out. (yes, using only 5 strings. I keep one guitar in this tuning all the time.) Sheryl Crow also used this on many hits.
• Double dropped D:
Love this one! Double dropped D is one serious badass! Huge, heavy and rumbling — on distorted electric guitar. My favorite example of this is Neil Young’s epic 1969 riffer “Cinnamon Girl.” strings are tuned to DADGBD
• Open D: Open D (D-A-D-F#-A-D), common in Delta blues and swamp rockers like John Fogerty. Easy to get full rich chords — just lay a finger straight across the strings anywhere and you’ve got a big chord — and that low D string resonates deep, creating a heavy moody sound. Check out Fogerty’s Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary and more.
• Open A:
Open D and open G are low-voiced tunings for heavy meaty sounds, but Open A (E-A-E-A-C#-E) gets into a higher vibe. This is for the kind of singing open voicings like Johnny Winter and Jimmy Page used, including Page’s playing on Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”.
• Open C:
For a pretty, shimmering ringing tone, think Open C (C-G-C-G-C-E) It’s cool on acoustic and 12-string guitars. Listen to Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man,” for this chiming guitar sound.
Thanks to Ted Drozdowski of Gibson Guitars for the links and example songs. The G FORCE™ system found on the majority of 2015 Gibson USA models lets you quickly switch between different tunings in a flash.