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Nick,

Do you know why EADGBE became the standard/regular tuning?

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It is pretty hard to find a better all-round tuning. By that I mean one that enables you to cover major, minor and seventh chord shapes and their extensions in all keys. So, in my view, its kind of like the best compromise. There are better tunings if you want to concentrate on particular chord types, but EADGBE is hard to beat for all-purpose guitar playing.

If anyone has an historical account of how this tuning developed it would be interesting to hear about - that's not something I'm stumbled across to date.
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*Hey guys, Ben here, found some info on the standard tuning dilemma. And yes, it IS 01:42AM*

The tuning of the guitar that we call "standard" (EADGBE) has been around for a long time, from about the 17th century according to some sources. Before the six string guitar was the five string guitar. For this instrument several tunings were used, but the most popular was ADGBE, which is identical to our standard tuning minus the lowest string. This tuning became EADGBE with the introduction of the added low E making it a six string instrument in approximately 1800. That tuning has survived as "standard" to this day. The tuning is popular, because it encorporates a range of notes which allows players to form many both major and minor chords, plus their variants. This flexibillity is unmatched by other, alternative tunings, and so to this day string musicians still use the EADGBE tuning as a basis for their musical talent.

*Ripped from some website somewhere.*


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Thanks Ben

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Standard guitar tuning is just a continuation of the "folly" of lute tuning!
I use it too, I admit it but I find a much more liberated approach to the instrument can be found in "so-called" alternative (ie logical) tunings.
Just an opinion of course.


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I find many altered tunings pretty cool too, particularly open tunings ( to major or minor chords)
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yes, I’m also a fan of open tunings emoticon
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Me Too
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I'm guessing that standard tuning evolved from tuning all the strings to an interval of a fourth. Then somebody stuck that major third between the 3rd and 4th strings. Whoever that person was, he/she was a friggin' genius! That interval sure makes the fingering of chords easier. Try tuning your second string to C instead of B and your first string to F then play some chords. It's definitely an eye opening (and finger stretching) experience.

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