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Chord charts for 3 string open tuning

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Tex Pierce Sep 1, 2016. 18 Replies

Confused with open E scales on a three string. Is there a lack of info for a reason?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Apr 28, 2016. 11 Replies

The moment it starts to click.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 28, 2016. 20 Replies

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Comment by John Hopper on January 5, 2017 at 1:37pm

Hi Shane.  I posted this in two of my groups and received nothing yet.   Any thoughts to share?   Hey everybody, I am building a concert  scale pot lid reso uke,with a piezo pickup.  My string ends will show thru the tail piece.  So ball end strings may be the ticket.  Can anyone recommend steel wrapped nylon strings that will tune like a uke?  Also, string gauges that will tune like a uke.  I intend to play like a uke but may set it up for slide playing.  All ya'lls thoughts are welcomed.  jh

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 13, 2016 at 3:18pm

If I remember last time, and my memory is truly shocking so I could be wrong, I think the doctor said it was contact dermititis. Using a manual wheelchair means I could have touched Lord knows what on the wheels. Not sure but a trip to the doc should sort it. I showed it to a pharmacist and he said an allergic reaction but it looks just like last time but more widespread on the whole hand. Not to complain I guess. Just looks horrible and like I'm one of the elephant man's fortunate relatives lol. Soon sorted I'm sure. Gloves in future though I think!

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 13, 2016 at 10:11am

Thanks Wayfinder and Madgomer. Got some hydra cortisone on it right now and a call to the doctor on Tuesday . Might need some antibiotic cream or something . Just need to buy some gloves for working and get on with it. Your well wishes and thoughts are much appreciated.

Oh and enjoy those tunings Madgomer! I personally love them like crazy. I don't have any chord sheets for them so if you ever discover any or write some out I'd massively appreciate the offer of a copy. Hint, hint. lol

Comment by MadGomer on November 13, 2016 at 8:11am
Neither a performer nor a musician I be, but many thanks to you guys for this education on 4 string tuning! Gets me ready to go make some sawdust. Bear, hope the hands mend quickly.
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 12, 2016 at 8:59am

Did you watch the second video as well? He explains about having an a string on top and bottom means you can always resolve to either and explains other awesomeness too. Definitely an argument for not just sticking to GDGB. Both really good videos. Both tunings will be used on my two new four string builds. Exciting times. I would have finished them already but my hands have blistered up on the palms due to an allergic reaction. I'll get them done in time.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 11, 2016 at 2:34pm

No problem Wayfinder. Glad to actually offer help rather than be begging for help haha. That's a first for sure.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 11, 2016 at 10:22am

This one explains the CGCD# that I talked about in my video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i9_mVi_pS-c

This one is where I got the AC#EA from and is by Justin Johnson.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLmcElxoJjb1tzRmV1umerwqRgEDVgIQ1Y...

I love them both and they're why I'm building my first four string guitar. Two at a time actually, and both nearly finished. Hope one of them are what you were looking for, Wayfinder. Apologies if not but I hope you can find it.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 11, 2016 at 3:34am
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 11, 2016 at 2:41am

Sounds like the CGCD# I started using on my short scale guitar, Wayfinder? I think I remember you commenting on the video I made that you were going to try it?

I love the tuning above and also AC#EA using the middle four strings from a pack of six. Justin Johnson introduced me to it on one of his YouTube videos.

How does one find out what tuning is right for their voice, Wayfinder? I wouldn't know where to start but I'd love to know what tuning to use to sing along to my playing.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on November 10, 2016 at 3:09pm

My feeling is that the folks who make comments about "real guitars" won't ever understand the draw of "home built" anyway.  It's like in my other hobby, hotrodding/drag racing...If you have to explain why they will never understand.

 

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Chord charts for 3 string open tuning

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Tex Pierce Sep 1, 2016. 18 Replies

Confused with open E scales on a three string. Is there a lack of info for a reason?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Apr 28, 2016. 11 Replies

The moment it starts to click.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 28, 2016. 20 Replies

Fat finger syndrome or just need to keep practicing?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Feb 28, 2016. 13 Replies

Chord charts for 3 string gbe tuning

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