Open Tunings: EADEBE
Posted: April 14th, 2014 by Ashley Saunders
Last time we looked at DADGAD and some typical chords we can use in that guitar. We took a linear approach (i.e. Moving up and down the fretboard in a line) to the guitar which suits this open tuning well verses the normal box movement (i.e. Moving between chords that are close together, in the same position).
Today we will be looking at E A D E B E. This tuning appears on Road by Nick Drake (which is a stupendously advanced tune that you should try to learn!) and is one of Nick Drake’s most used tunings.
The basis of this tuning is good old regular standard guitar tuning, just with one alteration – The G string has been lowered to an E note – E A D E B E.
This open tuning means we can use open strings to fill out our guitar chords creating an unique sound. Plus we can form chords up and down the fretboard. This tuning gives the guitar a new depth and offers us a different way to play over the key of E.
Let’s look at some chords!
Above is a range of chords to get you started – don’t worry about fingering, just used what’s close! Remember to write down and name any chords you find, using my Blank Chord Boxes.
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Cool ideas for songs
The best way to get started is to pick a song in E, retune your guitar and have some fun relearning how to play guitar! If you’re feeling really brave, try to find some of your own guitar chords.