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Alternate Tunings

Hi, everyone!

Several years ago we published the Complete Book of Alternate Tunings. It received rave reviews and became our best-selling book ever, thanks to folks like you.

We joked in the intro to that book that we should have named it the Impossible-to-Complete Book of Alternate Tunings or some such, since new tunings and new uses for existing ones are being invented every day. To that end we have added this section to our website.

Over the next months we will regularly post outtakes from the Complete Book book on our website database. The listings will include pages and pages of information that we just didn't have room to fit in the book. Plus, I have been compiling new information weekly on the use of tunings in the guitar realm. That information will find its way into these listings as well.

Have fun with this information. Remember, in the Complete Book of Alternate Tunings there are 40 pages of listings like this. We would be happy if you checked it out.

Thanks!

To see a listing from our database, just click on an artist's name below:
William Ackerman
Laurindo Almeida
Del Amitri
Chet Atkins
Duck Baker
Carlos Barbosa-Lima
Steve Baughman
Keola Beamer
Pierre Bensusan
Martin Carthy
Paul Chasman
Sonny Chillingworth
Bruce Cockburn
Ry Cooder
David Crosby
Days of the New

Duck Baker Tunes using Alternate Tunings
Note: Note: "Salutation", originally released in 1987, was re-released in 1996. Duck estimates that 90% of his tunings for magazines, videos, and teaching tapes, or out-of-print recordings are Standard tuning; his next favorite is Drop-D. The keys for many of the tunes are noted in parentheses, i.e., (C) is the key of C Major. Some of the older recordings used Capo II.
Title Tuning Album/Source
(A) Pretty Fair Miss Open D American Traditional
(A) Virgin Most Pure/The Holly And The Ivy D G d g b e' Capo IV The Salutation
A Thousand Words Standard (E-flat) A Thousand Words
Alleghenny County Drop-D Fingerpicking Delights
Always Standard Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Amnesia In Trastevere Standard (F#minor) The Clear Blue Sky
Angelus Ad Virginem The Blessed Virgin's Lullaby C G d g b e' Capo IV The Salutation
Bachelor's Waltz, The Drop-D The Clear Blue Sky
Back Home In Indiana Standard (C) Fingerpicking Delights
Bagpiper's Carol, The The Snow Lay On The Ground D G d g b e' Capo IV The Salutation
Bajia Maria Standard (B minor) The Clear Blue Sky
Black Monk Standard (C minor) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Blackberry Blossom/June Apple Standard (G) The Moving Business
Blarney Pilgrim, The Drop-D Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs
Blood Of The Lamb, The Standard (E) A Thousand Words
Boy's Carol, The/Patapan/Noel Nouvelet Standard (F#minor to b minor) The Salutation
Bridget Cruise Standard (G) Music Of O'Carolan
B-Rod's Rag Open G A Thousand Words
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man Standard (E) American Traditional
Carryin' That Load Standard (C) The Moving Business
Charles O'Connor Drop-D Music Of Ireland
Clear Blue Sky, The Standard (G minor) The Clear Blue Sky
Closer Walk With Thee Standard (G) American Traditional
Clown, The Standard (A) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Come To Papa Standard (E) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Contra Costa Dance Standard (C minor) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Crawl, Don't Walk Standard (E) The Clear Blue Sky
Cross Keys Standard (E) The Clear Blue Sky
Cure, The Standard (A) The Clear Blue Sky
Deep River Standard (G) The Moving Business
Dirtman Cometh, The Standard (E minor) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Ducks On The Pond D A d g b e' Capo V American Traditional
Duke Of Fife's Welcome To Deeside, The Standard (G) Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs
Est Is Ein' Ros' Entsprungen Drop-D The Salutation
Europa Standard (Am) A Thousand Words
Everything That Rises Must Converge Standard (B) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Forget Me Not Standard (E) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Forty Ton Parachute Standard (G) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Friday Standard (B) A Thousand Words
God Save Us From Angels Standard (E minor) A Thousand Words
Good Intentions Standard (A minor) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Harvest Standard (G) The Clear Blue Sky
Hewlett Standard (G) Music Of O'Carolan
Hick's Farewell Standard (Em)
Holding Pattern Standard (E) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Hurry Home Or I'll Be Gone Standard (C) American Traditional
I'm Not Turning Backward Drop-D The Moving Business
Immaculate Conception Rag Standard (C) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
In A Sentimental Mood Standard (F) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
I've Endured Drop-D American Traditional
Jackson Stop, The Standard (C) Fingerpicking Delights
Keep It Under Your Heart Drop-D Opening The Eyes Of Love
Kid On The Mountain, The Standard (E minor) Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs
Lashtal's Room Standard (Em) A Thousand Words
Leavin' Home Open D Capo II The Moving Business
Let All Earthly Flesh Keep Silent Drop-D (D minor) The Salutation
Letter To Davey Standard (E) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Light Blue Standard (F) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Little Boy Drop-D A Thousand Words
Magus, The Standard (F# minor) A Thousand Words
Maple Leaf Rag, The Standard (C to F) The Entertainer
March Of The King Of Laoise, The Drop-D Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs; The Moving Bu
Mardi Gras Dance Standard (G) Fingerpicking Delights
Midnight On The Water Drop-D (forthcoming)
Miss McLeod's Reel Drop-D (forthcoming)
Miss Meadows Standard (A) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Mr. Jelly Roll Soul Standard (A) A Thousand Words
Muddy Water Standard (B-flat) American Traditional
Night Shift Standard (E minor) The Clear Blue Sky
Night Time In Nevada Drop-D The Moving Business
Nobody Knows But Me Standard (A) American Traditional
O Come, O Come Immanuel Drop-D (A minor) The Salutation
O'Carolan's Concerto Drop-D Music Of Ireland
O'Hara's Cup Drop-D Music Of O'Carolan
Old World Drop-D A Thousand Words
Opening The Eyes Of Love Standard (B minor) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Pallet On The Floor Standard (C)
Planxty Irwin/Lark In The Morning Drop-D American Traditional
Pretty Girl Milking A Cow Drop-D (Am) American Traditional
Rakes Of Waterloo, The Drop-D The Clear Blue Sky
Right Or Wrong Standard American Traditional
River Blues Standard (A) The Moving Business
Road To Richmond Standard (A) The Clear Blue Sky
Robinson County/Peacock Rag Drop-D Capo III American Traditional
Rorate Standard (A) The Salutation
Round About Midnight Standard (E minor) Opening the Eyes of Love
Searching For Lambs D A d g a d' (D minor) The Moving Business
Seven Point One Standard (E) Opening The Eyes Of Love
Sittin' On Top Of The World Open D The Moving Business
Soureba Drop-D The Clear Blue Sky
Southern Cross Drop-D Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Stompin' At The Savoy Standard (C) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Stroll, The Standard (A) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Summertime Standard (E minor) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Swedish Jig Drop-D Live
Sweet And Lovely Standard (E) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Take The A Train Standard (C) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
TGV Standard (G) The Clear Blue Sky
Tintiyana Drop-D Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Train Of Life Standard (E) The Moving Business
Turnaround Standard (E) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Virgin Gives Birth, The Standard (A minor) The Salutation
Waltz On Sunday Standard (A) A Thousand Words
West Wind, The/The Blackbird Drop-D (G to D) Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs
Wexford Carol, The Drop-D (G) The Salutation
What Is This Fragrance Drop-D Capo IV The Salutation
What The Wind Went Whispering Standard (G) A Thousand Words
Where The Morning Glories Grow Standard (C) The Moving Business
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks/Furry Day Car D G d g b e' Capo IV The Salutation
White With Foam Standard Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Wicklow Hornpipe, The/Proudlock's Hornpipe Drop-D Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Airs
Wishes/Plain As The Winter Standard (G# minor E minor) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Yas, Yas Standard (D) Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar
Yellow-Billed Magpie D G d g b e'(D minor) American Traditional
You And Me That Used To Be, The Standard (C) The Moving Business
Your Lady Drop-D Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar