It’s been a very, very long time since i just sat down with a guitar and jammed for an evening. Last night I started with a mandolin, then switched to banjo, and then ended up on a guitar. I decided to change the tuning to C G D G B E, and use a capo to cover D G B E on the fifth fret.
Apparently, when you try to use Youtube’s own recording option, you get a Flash player, which Chromebook finds somewhat disagreeable, so I had some crashes. I went through five takes, and this was what I played on the fifth try:
So, a few weeks ago, my wife in her infinite beauty and grace allowed me to buy an Ibanez 7-string guitar. That makes a total of seven guitars. My fingertips are happy.
I got the 7-string so I could have an electric exclusively dedicated to alternate tunings. I’ve played a Fender Tex-Mex strat with a Floyd Rose Floating Tremolo for almost ten years. That makes alternate tunings on an electric pretty much impossible for me, which means my acoustics have all the fun. The Ibanez doesn’t have a Floyd Rose.
Here’s the progression of tunings I’ve played with. (the standard guitar tuning is EADGBE).
First, there was drop D: DADGBE . A good start, not enough fun.
Then I started Drop D/A: DGDGBE . That’s better.
Next, the super bassy tuning: CGDGBE. A lot of fun if you have thick strings and want a good folk sound.
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, that tuning is strikingly similar to several I’ve already been playing with. Ergo, the video below. With a little bit o’ practice, I was even able to get the hang of the blues scale in this, but you’ll never see me play the blues for YouTube…