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G6

Postby chick french » Tue Sep 16, 2003 6:03 pm

Anyone use the G6 tuning? I like the cool Hawaiian sounds of this tuning. This seems close to the tuning Ry Cooder uses doin Cloe or Yellow Roses, altho Yellow Roses may be in a C6/A7.

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RE: G6

Postby badfinger » Tue Sep 16, 2003 7:08 pm

I use D6, often... Not really played around with any others like that. Must try it, sometime. (Mental note: Dear Santa, cancel that request for a 30 hour day - make it 36, please...)

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RE: G6

Postby stumblin » Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:25 am

G6 tuning

Would that be DGDGBE? If so, yes I use it.
Otherwise no, how do you tune to it, and how does it work? I'm always keen to have a bit of fun experimenting with new (to me) tunings.
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RE: G6

Postby chick french » Wed Sep 17, 2003 11:01 am

That would be uhh GBEGBD = G6 / lower the E to a D and your back in G. Think Sleepwalk with the G6.

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RE: G6

Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 17, 2003 3:08 pm

Lower the E to a D and you'd be in "High G" Dobro tuning, which I won't tune my heavily strung roundneck up to.
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RE: G6

Postby chick french » Wed Sep 17, 2003 3:40 pm

Thats why I have a heavily strung squareneck.

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RE: G6

Postby stumblin » Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:20 pm

"High G"
I think I'll side with Rico here, I don't want the neck of my cheap tricone to snap off. I'm using fairly heavy strings and I don't think tuning high would be good for it.
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RE: G6

Postby houndog » Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:34 pm

>Lower the E to a D and you'd be in "High G" Dobro tuning,
>which I won't tune my heavily strung roundneck up to.

Yip Rico,
but what about your highly strung Johnson....!

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RE: G6

Postby chick french » Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:08 pm

I know I ain't the sharpest pencil in the box but if a standard guitar is tuned

EADGBE standard tuning
GBEGBD G6 tuning
GBDGBD G tuning , I dunno, don't look like a neck breaker to me.But I wasn't trying to shove something on anyone. I was just wondering. I tend to forget this is a blues forum. No G6 tuning for those blues.

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RE: G6

Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:37 pm

Lovat, my Johnson's quite well strung, thanks.
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RE: G6

Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:41 pm

Maybe I'm overreacting, but I'm thinking that fat 6th string tuned up two whole steps from standard (three from Open G) is pretty tight. And the 5th string's a whole step up from the Open G pitch. I don't tune into standard with these strings, either, BTW. Did it once and nothing bad happened, but it scared me silly while I was winding it up to it.
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RE: G6

Postby stumblin » Thu Sep 18, 2003 6:17 am

So what is the DGDGBE tuning called?
By my reckoning it's a G6 tuning, which is what prompted me to mention it in the first place.
I use it for a few things, it's actually pretty versatile.
But what's it properly called?
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RE: G6

Postby bluesmcgoo » Thu Sep 18, 2003 10:06 am

Stumblin, you're right - that's a G6.
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RE: G6

Postby stumblin » Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:06 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-18-03 AT 08:07 AM (EST)]DGDGBE
Bo Carter used it to great effect on "Please Warm My Weiner", a sensitive little love ditty.
I dare say he probably used it a lot, I've worked out a satisfying little arrangement of Ishmon Bracey's "Saturday Blues" using that tuning (I think the original was in E, standard tuning), and I keep experimenting with little instrumental jingles, which I hope one day will evolve into fully-grown tunes.
It took a little bit of getting used to (trying to remember that I'm not tuned in "standard" open-G), but I can recommend it as an interesting tuning to make a bit of a change.
Go on, give it a try :)
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RE: G6

Postby david » Thu Sep 18, 2003 3:20 pm

All this string stretchin' neck poppin' talk has me nervous now. Last night I learned E7 tuning (for "Frankie and Johnnie" ala Corey Harris).

My Dean is sitting at home on its stand still strung to that tuning. Is that enough stress to harm a neck with a steel rod?

I just ran across a National for sale for a thousand bucks, but I haven't got a thousand extra dollars so I would rather take care of my Dean.




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