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I recently attended a Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat, and with Martin was Italian born, California based guitarist Peppino D'Agostino. He talked a bit about different tunings for the guitar. I use an open G occasionally, but haven't really explored alternate tunings much. Peppino inspired me to put some time into them. For this piece the guitar is tuned E B B F# B D#. It's just one guitar, but using two mikes to record it, with the resulting tracks panned a little left and a little right. The left track is the direct plugin, the right track is using a mike. It still has some clumsy notes, but I do like the way the guitar rings out with this tuning.

Anyway, over to you! I hope you enjoy listening.

The photo of me playing the Maton was taken at the Guitar Retreat by Aleza D'Agostino, Peppino's daughter, who was the resident photographer.
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Uploaded: Aug 24, 2015 - 06:19:44 AM
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MarkHolbrook said 844 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
Sounds
delightful! I've always wondered how a guitar retreat works. I mean everyone wants to play... do you share, break into groups? Curious.

Your playing as always is spot on great. Nicely done! I'll be listening to this today as I work. Fantastic.
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Philip18 said 843 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the tune, Mark.

Re the Retreat, there were workshops where we basically listened and watched, some where we broke off to practice something (e.g. in pairs) and some where we all played (e.g. at the start, we went round the group doing a blues in G, with everyone taking a solo - which took a while, but was interesting and probably gave the presenters an idea of where everyone was). There was also a concert/jam session one evening in the local town square. There were, of course, opportunities for individuals to practice or play with others of like interests. There was, finally, an opportunity for an individual session with one of the presenters. It was very good, and Martin Taylor and Peppino D'Agostino were knowledgeable, warm and engaged with the group. I had a great time.
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Gaylen75 said 843 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
very pretty
This double mic is a nice sound. love the tone that you got here.
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Philip18 said 843 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
Thanks
The Maton has a pickup in it, so one channel is a more electronic buzzy sort of sound, the other, using the mic, is cleaner. Together they work well, I think

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egobandit said 843 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
Guitar retreat
wow that must have been fun and your right this does have that certain twang to it vibrating at just the right frequency alway enjoyable beautiful!
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Philip18 said 843 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
Thanks
Yes, a good time was had by all. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment - much appreciated!
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PeterB7858 said 843 days ago (August 24th, 2015)
Be Natural
Flows so naturally. A country stream on a beautiful summer's day. You are right about the tuning. Lovely ringing tone. Nice recording. The Guitar Retreat has obviously been money well spent. Good photo, too. Talk soon, Peter.
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Philip18 said 843 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
Tuning
There's much to explore in alternate tunings. Just using one gives a different sound, but the challenge for me to be to put some interesting melodies into whatever I do with them. The recording method I pinched from you, so it should work OK!
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Franciscus_Henri said 843 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
Hey nice sound!
I can hear the possibilities for some new material.
The two mic set up is a nice natural spread.
Philip18 said 843 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
Possibilities
That's the thing, isn't it - new sounds, new ideas!
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Dadai.2 said 842 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
I like alternate tunings...
They really open new avenues of creativity. I like what you've done here, Philip. Melodic, singing guitar voice. Very full and crystal clear. Thanks for sharing this one.
Jack
Philip18 said 842 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
New avenues of creativity
I'm enjoying exploring different tunings, Jack. At the moment, it's instrumentals, but in the long term I suspect I'll use them most in songs. We'll see. Thanks for stopping by!
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Dadai.2 said 841 days ago (August 26th, 2015)
tunigs - creativity
Philip, back in 2005 I started experimenting with the DAGDAD tuning. This somewhat Celtic instrumental was the result: http://www.macjams.com/song/47283

Since then I have posted a number of others in different open tunings and am presently working on an old song sketch from 2008 with DAGDAD. A lot of fun. Cheers...
Philip18 said 841 days ago (August 26th, 2015)
DADGAD
Just had a listen, Jack. Nice! I actually tried DADGAD before the B tuning that I've used for this post, and am working away on it at the moment. I like the rich, sort of mysterious sound you get. We should do DADGAD a collab one day!
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Sigmund said 842 days ago (August 25th, 2015)
Be Natural
I like this tune - and the tuning is pretty cool too. Kinda reminds me of an early Zep tune - a little solo thing that Jimmy Page did - back then I didn't understand alternate tunings - today they are just a lot of fun to experiment with. Enjoyed this, my friend - nice!
Sig
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Philip18 said 842 days ago (August 26th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Sig. If you remember the title of that Zep tune I'd be interested to have a listen. I've always thought of alternate tunings as a folkie/acoustic thing, but there are plenty of examples in rock - I read the other day that Keith Richards used an open G tuning for Honkey Tonk Woman and Start Me Up. How many of us have tried to get the sound in standard tuning? Anyway, I'm just enjoying the experiments at the moment!
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Dean-Resonator said 840 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
Be Natural
Wonderful composition Philip. Open tunings are a whole new language to learn. And played on a good Aussie guitar as well.
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Philip18 said 839 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
A whole new language
It does feel a bit like that, Dean. It's easy enough to get a good ringing sound, but finding chord shapes that work is the interesting part. And yes, the Maton has been my friend for a very long time now. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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sammydix said 839 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
+++
on how the strings ring and resonate. Does the EBBF#BD# tuning have a specific name? Curious of how that was derived. Very cool melodies for a tuning you've rarely used before...or otherwise for that matter.
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Philip18 said 839 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
The tuning
I got the tuning from Peppino D'Agostino and my memory is he just called it open B. He uses all different tunings - I think he said as many as 19 in a concert performance? (but I may be wrong there). He called most of them by the name of the chord they were when played with all strings open.They make some things easier because they can repeated up the neck and the intervals are predictable enough, but some things harder because you have to remember what works in each separate one. Really, I'm just starting with this, so I'll see where it goes. Peppino did play a beautiful version of Nature Boy with Am tuning, and I'd like to work on that, too. All good fun!
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Vic Holman said 839 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
alternate tuning
well it seems to me that have have a good handle on the G tuning. the dual tracking really adds a nice full sound here.
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Philip18 said 839 days ago (August 28th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you liked it Vic - I'm still working on it and maybe getting there! Thanks for stopping by.
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Skunkwrx said 839 days ago (August 29th, 2015)
Nice track
Clear and resonant and very satisfying. I kind of drifted off there for a while and was thinking about something else..... then locked back in around 2:10 with those staccato chords.
More like this, please.

S2
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Philip18 said 839 days ago (August 29th, 2015)
Thanks
Interesting comments. The challenge for me is to get an interesting melody into all that richness and ringing! Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
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alackbass said 837 days ago (August 30th, 2015)
Be Natural
One is never too old to learn new tricks. Your exploration led to a fine piece of music. Nice dynamics. Clumsy notes? I missed those. Must be buried deep in your fine playing. Great picture.
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Philip18 said 837 days ago (August 30th, 2015)
Keep learning
That's the important trick, isn't it, Andrew - keep exploring new things! Thanks for the comments - your support is always much appreciated! How's it going with you? Still keeping those kids on the right path? Cheers. Philip.
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bigwhig said 837 days ago (August 31st, 2015)
Nice
This is very nice instrumental work.
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Philip18 said 837 days ago (August 31st, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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paul f. page said 836 days ago (August 31st, 2015)
Recording...
This is so rich. I don't understand all the technical details (above), but it works so well in capturing a broad, rich, stereophonic sound in the recording. And, I might add, the tuning strikes me as absolutely true. Very enjoyable track.
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Philip18 said 836 days ago (August 31st, 2015)
Thanks
I appreciate your comments, Paul - which suggest that the sound I was looking for has been achieved. Good to hear from you.
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Cheeto said 828 days ago (September 8th, 2015)
...love that guitar sound
Da...Dang...put this song on repeat...loved it!
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Philip18 said 828 days ago (September 9th, 2015)
Da Dang
Glad you liked it Paul! Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
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gadzooks said 814 days ago (September 23rd, 2015)
Be Natural
So sorry I'm so late on this....
Phillip, this is beautiful. I love the melodic sound of that open tuning. A very live in the room sound with just the right amount of verb ... beautiful
tone. The retreat must have been fantastic.
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Philip18 said 813 days ago (September 23rd, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Stan. I was pleased with the ring of the open tuning. I did have a good time at the Retreat - lots to learn, lots to think about. I just need to spend more time practising...
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jiguma said 804 days ago (October 2nd, 2015)
Retreat
Philip,
I heard all about the retreat from Rob ;) Have also heard all about alternative tunings - even have the book - but still haven't been brave enough to try them out.
This is certainly inspiring me to give it a crack though. Lovely rich tones from the Maton sound very well captured and played.
Nice photo too.
Cheers from "up north".
Neil
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Philip18 said 803 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Thanks
I'll keep exploring the tunings, Neil. My aim is to produce a tune for each of a whole range of tunings. Whether I use them consistently after that I'm not sure - there's also all the jazz stuff to practise! Thanks for stopping by!
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VicDiesel said 803 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Be open
It has a nice sound. The recording also sounds quite nice.
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Philip18 said 803 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Thanks
That's mainly what it's about for me with these tunings, Vic, getting a good rich sound, letting the guitar speak. Thanks for listening - much appreciated!
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