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Old 01-15-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Non-standard tuning?

I have been self-teaching myself acoustic guitar for a year now and I want to try some songs with non-E tuning. However, I don't have a capo and don't have time to go to the nearest guitar store, which isn't that close. Is there any way for me to do non-standard tuning and play without a capo? Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2005, 06:38 PM   #2
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Jack White plays with a crazy tuning where the open strings play an barred chord (D or something) so he just uses a slide over all the strings and he has a full barred chord
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Old 01-16-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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u can play songs in non sandard tuning where you "drop" the tuning of the string down a semi-tone or tone. there's a lot of rock songs right now that are played it what's called "drop D" tuning where you drop ur bottom string to D so the tuning is D A D G B E
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With drop tuning would i just tune it so that the strings sound like the corresponding notes on the piano?
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Old 01-16-2005, 01:07 PM   #5
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you could do that, i personally use a tuner but i know some people do tune to piano's.
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:02 PM   #6
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Hey there, I have a guitar tuner, but if you have a keyboard of some sort, or an actual piano, just use it. You can tune anything using a piano/keys. That is if you aren't tone deaf. Some people are.

Or you can do it by ear. Tune down 1/2 step and then fret it on the 5th and match it. You can fine tune it with the piano/keys. The B string is the 4th fret of the G.

Drop D is very easy, as it only really requires the tuning of the low E string. Just tune it down and you can use the 5th fret of the A string to do it by ear.

I think it's easier by ear. 1/2 step and drop D are basic rock tunings other than standard, and some musician whiz can tell you abut others.
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