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I've been playing a round with tunings a bit. Personally I prefer modal tunings to triad tunings, so I usually tune a 4 string to GDGD. That tuning has a lot of possibilities, and for someone like me (who can't really play) it has a lot of easy stuff that is a great source of inspiration.
There is a drawback - reaching the major 3rd is a big stretch on the basic shapes. So I thought, hey, tune GDAD and that does two things.
1) your open chord and all the straight-across bar chord versions of that are no longer just open fifth, which can sound a bit empty. Now you have an open fifth added 2nd chord. It is still harmonically ambiguous (neither major nor minor) but is a bit richer.
2) both the minor 3rd and major third in root position are easily reachable.
Anyhoo...my mate Peter Murphy said yeah, that's Celtic. So I looked it up and it is sort of a 4 string version of Celtic. On a six string, Celtic tuning is DADGAD. I would say with the D in the bass, Celtic tuning is more like a sus4 chord than an add2 chord.
There are a lot of really nice melodic, droney things that are right there under my stoopid fingers in GDGD, but for chordal playing, GDAD is much better.
What do you think?
If you want to hear what GDAD sounds like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJV-E0D3ZQ&feature=player_embe...
GDAD is a very common tuning for Irish Bouzouki. Look for Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Zan Mcleod (sp?), to name a few.
OK, I've heard of Greek shamrocks, but have never heard of Irish bouzouki! Thanks for the tip!!
and thanks to you have found a chord list for it too. Now I totally folk!
Oh, I forgot to add that in GDAD, your 3 high strings are standard 3 string. So by not playing the low string, you have a standard DAD 3 string. Neat, huh? Thanks to Dave Onastik for pointing out to me that the Irish Bouzouki is tuned GDAD. The Greek tin whistles is tuned in...I don't know what.
But therein lies another bonus because there's a chord list for it. http://hspeek.home.xs4all.nl/bouzouki/gdad/gdad.pdf
which is totally fab. Thanks Dave!
Yep. Talking of 3 string tuning, I'm liking DAD better anyway. GDG is a bit low for sparkly goodness.So yeah, to have a DAD sitting there ready to go in this Irish bouzouki tuning is a big plus.
Your mando tuning puts the gat in 5ths GDAE, which is also the same as tenor guitar. One of the Chimera necks is tuned like that. It's pretty cool and of course there are plenty of chord chart resources.
lmao I clicked on this thinking it was related to the tuning - you boyz...
Ah, now I know why I wasn't quite picking it, I had been working with a DGAD tuning, the D bass brings back the droney thing and you get a really nice movable barre sus4 chord that can be changed to minor or major just by dropping a finger on the second string one or two frets up from the barre. Think I just needed another pint to get my music brain working ;)