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

DADGBE (drop D)

Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box

EADEAE (E Modal)

Coldplay, Warning Sign

DADF#AD (open D)

The Black Crowes, She Talks To Angels

DGDGBD (open G)

Rolling Stones, Start Me Up

CGCGCE (open C)

John Butler, Pickapart (filmed exclusively for TG!)

EBEG#BE (open E)

Sonny Landreth, Drive South


Creed, My Sacrifice


Van Halen, Top Jimmy


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Judy Blue Eyes