Daryl wrote: "I was tuned DADGCF, so suddenly I started writing everything in D minor. After five years, I switched back to standard, and practice as often as I can in it, and haven't found myself in a rut (by my own subjective analysis, of course...) since. The solution was increasing my knowledge of the guitar, getting closer to the goal of making seamless the division between self and instrument, able to play what I heard in mind, not putting fingers down and finding new sounds by chance." I'll second that. Spent years of working towards the point where I can play the stuff I hear in my head on the neck fast and intuitively, although I regulary use simpler open tunings and retune on the spot in some improv situations. Also I immediately bought this new Woodies G-band partial capo http://www.woodiesuk.moonfruit.com/ because it can fret either the high or the low E-string leaving the others alone. I recorded a nice version of Paul Motians "Tuesday Ends Saturday" (from the early 70's ECM album "Tribute" with Charlie Haden) using the Bb on the low E string (capoed at 6th fret) plus the open A to get a hip halfstep drone. But it seems I tend to "forget " to take it to live gigs, capos are always such a hassle.