Tip #185 – Alternative Tuning

Today is going to feature a short tip to composing original music, but nonetheless an important one.

Remember: you are never confined to the standard tunings of stringed instruments such as the violin, bass, guitar, etc. Just because a note you want or a chord voicing is impossible in the regular tuning doesn’t mean that it can’t be accomplished if you use an alternative tuning.

Scordatura, or telling the performer how to retune their instrument before a piece or section can be used to obtain new possibilities.

For some insight on how to do this – I recommend researching about famous rock artists/bands that frequently use innovative alternative tunings such as Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and Sonic Youth.

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