Loony Tunes: Songs In Different Guitar Tunings



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


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc


DADGBE (drop D)


Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP2rZ79RfWM


EADEAE (E Modal)


Coldplay, Warning Sign


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8oTT9r9978


DADF#AD (open D)


The Black Crowes, She Talks To Angels


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a76FeV2-Dw


DGDGBD (open G)


Rolling Stones, Start Me Up


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex8GE3XxDX4


CGCGCE (open C)


John Butler, Pickapart (filmed exclusively for TG!)


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqB4s4IK2Nw


EBEG#BE (open E)


Sonny Landreth, Drive South


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLRAMMoFS8w


DADADD (D5)


Creed, My Sacrifice


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE82V-l7e2Y


CGCGAE (C6)


Van Halen, Top Jimmy


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5oluoykgU


EEEEBE (E5)


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Judy Blue Eyes


YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzF_MoXOU1E