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Alternate Tunings

I generally play in standard tuning, since I know my way around the fretboard so well. But I will use an alternate tuning if the technique of a tune requires it, or if I want to create a particular sound - like using DADGAD for a Celtic tune.

I have composed and arranged hundreds of tunes over my decades of playing - many using an alternate tuning. Below I have included a partial list of my alternate-tunings titles, and links to publications and CDs where you can find them. Without taking the time to count, I would hazard to estimate that about 1/3 of my private-lesson repertoire (of well over 1,000 tunes) uses an alternate tuning of some sort. Here is a sample list:

DADGAD
Drake's Passage - D A D G A D (lowest to highest) CD Notation
Twin Sisters - D A D G A D Book  
Be Thou My Vision - D A D G A D Book  
Brother James' Air - D A D G A D Book  
DROP-D
Ryan Time (Again) - Drop-D: D A D G B E (capo II) CD  
How Can I Keep From Singing - Drop-D: D A D G B E Book  
Down to the River to Pray - Drop-D: D A D G B E Book  
In the Bleak Midwinter - Drop-D: D A D G B E CD Book
Boogie Woogie Jingle Bells - Drop-D: D A D G B E CD Book
Shall We Gather At the River - Drop-D: D A D G B E YouTube
Double Drop-D - D A D G B D
Strawberry Curl - D A D G B D CD Book
C-Wahine: C G D G B E
The Sweetheart Tree - C-Wahine: C G D G B E CD Book
Spouting Horn - C-Wahine: C G D G B E CD Book
Waimea Canyon - C-Wahine: C G D G B E CD Book
Best of My Love - C G D G B E (Capo II) (to be released)
G-Minor
El Condor Pasa - G-Minor: D G D G B-flat D Notation  
G-Wahine
Angels We Have Heard on High - G-Wahine: D G D F# B D Book  
Open-D
Silent Night - Open-D: D A D F# A D CD Book

If you're interested in learning more about alternate tunings, be sure to check out my Complete Book of Alternate Tunings book.

We also have an Alternate Tunings Database on this site that is a supplement to the information in the book and has information on tunings used by popular guitarists. If you're interested in learning more about DADGAD tuning, be sure to read my DADGAD article on this website.

Discography

For a complete discography of Mark's publications and recordings, please consult the product catalog pages on this web site