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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / EEEEBE - Palmer Modal Tuning -- Any others?

super400
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May 5th, 2015 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A friend and I were talking about some of the old CSNY songs and landed on the topic of tunings. Lots to choose from as those were the days of experimenting with odd and unique tunings. The EEEEBE tuning is really a great but also very limited variable. It really brings out a huge and nicely complex sound on good acoustics. Stills used it on Suite Judy Blue Eyes, and 4+20 back then and probably on a number of others.

Fascinating sound and the only way to get those songs to sound really right.

Any other odd acoustic tunings that you have tried that sounded goofy on paper but great in reality?

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May 5th, 2015 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had to be a custom string set.

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May 5th, 2015 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a guitar in my living room permanently tuned to EEEEBE/ EBEEBE for just those moments. I think he also uses it for "Love the One You're With"


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May 5th, 2015 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's also used for the acoustic guitar part on "Long Train Running"

super400
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May 5th, 2015 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope. Regular set. The A is kinda loose but the D up to E is no biggie and the G drop to E is OK as well. Try it, it's a nice exercise.

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May 5th, 2015 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use this tuning but in D to match my limited vocal range. I wish I'd known about it 40 years ago.

Ayns
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May 5th, 2015 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To be honest Chris, when I said I used EEEEBE, I really meant DDDDAD ;-)

super400
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May 5th, 2015 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When you tune down to D, what do you do on the G - up or down? Long way to go either way. Seems like a lot of stress on it to raise and pretty invisible if you lower.

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May 5th, 2015 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a J-200 that I keep tuned EEEEBE, medium gauge strings... man, what a glorious sound!


always wondered what it would be like to tune my 12 string that way... ha!

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May 6th, 2015 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"When you tune down to D, what do you do on the G - up or down? Long way to go either way. Seems like a lot of stress on it to raise and pretty invisible if you lower."

I go down to D. Forgot to say, most of my acoustics are tuned DGCFAD. Partly for my vocal range, but mainly coz I think they sound better. Double dropped C sounds fantastic.


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