Loony Tunes: Songs In Different Guitar Tunings

Q. I'm bored off the standard EADGBE tuning, what other tunings sound good?

A. It's sometimes easy to feel uninspired when playing in standard guitar tuning (EADGBE).

But don't fret (well, do, but in a different way...)

Tuning a guitar a different way is relatively easy and can open you up to a whole new world of unique chords.

Simply dropping your low E string down to a D can make you a riff machine! Or if you want to go all folky you could tune every string to E... but don't do it too often or you'll spend a fortune on broken strings!

Have a look at some of the below videos to see how bands have made innovative use of different guitar tunings.

EADGBE (standard)

Oasis, Wonderwall

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc

DADGBE (drop D)

Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP2rZ79RfWM

EADEAE (E Modal)

Coldplay, Warning Sign

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8oTT9r9978

DADF#AD (open D)

The Black Crowes, She Talks To Angels

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a76FeV2-Dw

DGDGBD (open G)

Rolling Stones, Start Me Up

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex8GE3XxDX4

CGCGCE (open C)

John Butler, Pickapart (filmed exclusively for TG!)

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqB4s4IK2Nw

EBEG#BE (open E)

Sonny Landreth, Drive South

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLRAMMoFS8w


Creed, My Sacrifice

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE82V-l7e2Y


Van Halen, Top Jimmy

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5oluoykgU


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Judy Blue Eyes

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzF_MoXOU1E