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Watch: guitarist invents new tuning and it sounds 'ethereal'

Every time critics say 'it's all been done' in guitar, some young bright spark comes along and proves the naysayers wrong – and this time it's YouTuber Ichika with a new instrumental showcasing the 'ethereal' tuning (opens in new tab) he's developed.

The Japanese guitarist's instrumental tapped piece is tuned (low to high) D A Db Gb Db D  – that's an open Dmaj7. 

Ichika recently featured in Guitar World's 10 forward-thinking players proving the guitar still has plenty to offer (opens in new tab)

You can visit Ichika's YouTube channel here (opens in new tab) too.  

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.