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Re: OT: Tuning guitar in fifths/ my rant defending alt. tunings :-)

Andy ... in all my experience, you are only the 2nd person to mention the F# tuning for playing lute tab ... that was HOW I learned to play the lute before I got my lute!

Good on you ...


Dennis (Recovering Lutenist, now Looping Guitarist)

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 6:50 AM, andy butler <akbutler@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
Daryl Shawn wrote:

BUT I'm a nylon-string player.

Hmm, that's interesting.
I also play a lot of nylon guitar, it was pretty much my main thing
at one time.
Only alt tunings I ever found appealing on it were dropped D for
that nice bass note, or dropping the G to F# to play lute tab.

With steel strings, I like the change in sound from changing the tension,
but with nylon it doesn't inspire.

I wonder how much of the appeal from alt tuning is the change in timbre,
rather than the shifting around of notes.