Open Tunings: EADEBE

open guitar tunings

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.

 

 

EADEBE Chords

Let’s look at some chords!

 

E

E

E major9

E

 E  E (2)  Emaj9  E (3)

E

Esus2

 E (4)  Esus2

A

A

A major13

Aadd9

 A  A (2)  Amajor13  Aadd9

A major9

A major13

 Amajor9  Amajor13 (2)

B

B6

B7

Bsus4

 B  B6  B7  Bsus4

Bsus4

B

 Bsus4 (2)  B (2)

C#m7

C#m9

C#m11

C#m7

 C#m7  C#m9  C#m11  C#m7 (2)

C#m7

C#m7#5

 C#m7 (3)  C#m7#5

E major9/G#

E/G#

F#m7

F#m7

 Emajor9 G#  E G#  F#m7  F#m7 (2)

G#m7

G#m7

 G#m7  G#m7 (2)

 

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.

 

 

Fretboard

EADEBE [complete guitar fretboard neck]

[click for super large version]

 

 

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.

 

6 Comments

  • Everette bannon says:

    What specific tuning is this
    is it like open e tuning or something?

    • Ashley Saunders says:

      HI,

      I’m not sure what you would call it! It’s not, however Open E (low-high; E-B-E-G♯-B-E). I guess we could call it the Nick Drake tuning?!

  • Sam Tyler says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to tune my guitar like this but when I lower the note it gets too lose and won’t make a sound. How do I get the g to sound like a low e without it doing that?

    • Ashley Saunders says:

      unfortunately, you can only lower it from G down to E – there is no other way (if you try tuning up, you will snap the string!). If it feels too lose, then try thicker strings (even one gauge higher will help). Hope that helps!

  • Isaac O says:

    I think we should call it the slutty tuning because you have to loosen your G-string.

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