View Full Version : F A# D G tuning

12-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Does anyone ever play with F-A#-D-G tuning?

I just starting messing around with it and I really like the lower mellow tone.

Here's my noob question:
When your playing chords, the finger positioning is the same as if it were tuned GCEA right? because it's just a step down? as far as i can tell it is, but not sure

- carp

12-10-2008, 07:53 PM
Yup - Like a capo, but backward, you just transposed the key. Fingerings still work, since the relative key of each string remains the same. You only need to change fingerings of a progression to play with others in the same key you used to.

So now your C shape is a Bb, your G shaped chord is an F etc...

I like a half tone down myself, but the whole tone - especially on a tenor can really make the thing sing.

12-10-2008, 07:58 PM
Yeah, I'm using it on a concert at the moment, and I've been play "Something" by george harrison... Love the new sound of it!

Ken Middleton
12-10-2008, 08:14 PM
Yes, I do. My last 3 songs use this tuning. This includes my Avett Brothers Bushman entry. I used the tuning so I could employ the same chord shapes as they do on the guitar. It is the same as having the guitar capo on the 3rd fret.

I agree about the mellowness. It only really works well on a tenor though.


12-10-2008, 08:26 PM
Haha, watching your latest video (Chelsea Hotel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT5ZsSTeZI4 ) is what made me do it LOL!

Thanks for the great vids Ken