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Unread 02-22-2006, 02:40 AM   #1
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Tunings

Something I've been experimenting with recently is using a seven string for the core riff, and then using a six in an open tuning, such as open Bsus2 (BF#BF#BC#) to create a complimentary part. Got the idea from Strapping Young Lad originally...
It's an amazing sound, especially for big layered chords, a la Queensryche, but the problem is, it means I may have to start looking for a guitar buddy if I want to do it live (although with the current state of my band, there's not much chance of that happenning any time soon...).
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Unread 02-22-2006, 04:35 AM   #2
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Doesn't Matthias IA Eklund use a Bsus2 tuning as well?

My seven string guitar stays in one of two tunings almost all of the time, but I use lots of six string guitar/bass alternate tunings. I tune my baritone six to G#D#A#F G#C# (fifths and a minor triad, low to high)

If you really want to talk about tunings, I've got a 19-EDO tuned six string, and I hope to have a 19-EDO seven sometime soon. (couple months ?)

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Mathias Ekhlund uses a couple of B tunings, but they're slightly different to the one I described. That baritone tuning's intriguing...I want to try it now, but my baritone's at home (currently tuned in fourths!).
The 19 notes-per-octave thing's cool, but I already play a fretless six, so I can have as many notes per octave as I want!

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I always thought the tuning for Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" was nifty: D G C G C D. A couple cool variations of this for seven string:
G D G C G C D - super low one- finger power chords, rich open chord voicings
A D G C G C D - more like standard, but the open A is a little useless compared to the G

Try these out on acoustic seven with heavy strings if you can

oops this has kind of been discussed already: alternate tunings

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Doesn't Matthias IA Eklund use a Bsus2 tuning as well?
His 'main' tuning is C#sus4 - C# G# C# F# G# C#

He also uses A#m13, which is the same with with the low C# down to A# - A# G# C# F# G# C#

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I think he mainly uses those tunings for rhythm...all the leads are in standard or e flat tuning.

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I think he mainly uses those tunings for rhythm...all the leads are in standard or e flat tuning.
As far as I've seen, the leads are in the same tunings as the rhythms. Otherwise how would he play them live?

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I can't imagine having all my lead patterns rearranged like that when I take a solo, although I'm aware Michael Manring does it all the time...eeek!

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Does he play them live? He's never come to the d, but I can't blame him.

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