open guitar tunings

Think you’re badass because your 1st string is gauged .011? Try a .020—and crank up that action while you’re at it.

A striking technique stolen from Sonic Youth.

Confession: Most of the ideas in this column are stolen from Sonic Youth, and the rest are swiped from other people.

The topic is alternate tunings that require restringing—a royal pain in the posterior! But time and again, these tunings (all of which narrow the interval between the 1 st and 6th strings, hence my “narrow-range” moniker) have inspired parts that fit the mix when nothing else did. Perhaps you’ll find the idea compelling enough to keep a spare guitar strung for these sounds?

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