Loony Tunes: Songs In Different Guitar Tunings

28th Jan 2010 | 14:08



Q. I'm bored off the standard EADGBE tuning, what other tunings sound good?

A. It's sometimes easy to feel uninspired when playing in standard guitar tuning (EADGBE).


But don't fret (well, do, but in a different way...)


Tuning a guitar a different way is relatively easy and can open you up to a whole new world of unique chords.


Simply dropping your low E string down to a D can make you a riff machine! Or if you want to go all folky you could tune every string to E... but don't do it too often or you'll spend a fortune on broken strings!


Have a look at some of the below videos to see how bands have made innovative use of different guitar tunings.





EADGBE (standard)


Oasis, Wonderwall




DADGBE (drop D)


Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box




EADEAE (E Modal)


Coldplay, Warning Sign




DADF#AD (open D)


The Black Crowes, She Talks To Angels




DGDGBD (open G)


Rolling Stones, Start Me Up




CGCGCE (open C)


John Butler, Pickapart (filmed exclusively for TG!)




EBEG#BE (open E)


Sonny Landreth, Drive South




DADADD (D5)


Creed, My Sacrifice




CGCGAE (C6)


Van Halen, Top Jimmy




EEEEBE (E5)


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Judy Blue Eyes




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