my guitar tuning evolution
I’m primarily a flute-player. But in my youth, I also took to the guitar, becoming the dreaded three-chord wonder with some pentatonic licks. A while back, I decided the guitar could make a nice softer evening instrument, so I began learning to flat pick some tunes in standard tuning. (I’ve also dabbled in open G and open D, but they’re not great for tunes. I’ve never taken to DADGAD…it’s unintuitive to me.)
But I was looking for a more resonant and more ‘linear’/melodic tuning, so I got Paul De Grae’s book, which advocates DADEAE. Very nice tuning, but I find it creates a division—tunes on the high strings, harmony on the low strings, and I’d like a richer sound for the tunes. (It’s probably grand for session playing, but playing guitar alone, I don’t care if the tunes are in the ‘right’ keys.)
So this week, I retuned to CGCGCD, and so far (still early days, of course), it seems to fit the bill. The intervals are nicely balanced, so many tunes fall under the fingers pretty easily, and drones are accessible, It’s also fun playing more in the guitar’s mid-range for a warmer, fuller sound.
Anyone else using this tuning/care to share some tips? Or what’s your preferred tuning?