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In this video, we dive deeper into the world of modified chords for electric guitarists. Semi-rigid guitars work best if you change the tuning regularly, but good quality strings should help your instrument settle down even if it has a floating tremolo or Bigsby.
D # D # AAEE
One of the pioneers of texture chords is Thurston Moore of the Sonic Youth group. This setting is on their track Rain king – or rather that’s what they think They have used. When the band had to relearn the song to perform on tour, they found they couldn’t remember its original setting. Remember: always write down your agreements.
The beauty of this chord and others like it comes from the doubled notes, which results in an expressive and deep chorus style effect. This is an ideal setting for cavernous, high reverb fuzz textures, but it also works wonderfully for playing behind the bridge.
Sonic Youth has used countless unorthodox settings over the years. Many of them have been brutal, but there is a lot to learn from their approach.
Triton Accord (CF # CF # CF #)
A favorite of split-hoisted guitarists the world over, this tuning gives players immediate access to heavy textures and tones. But the triton tuning has also found favor with free-jazz and folk communities, who love it for its harmonic potential. Even extreme tunings like this are surprisingly versatile.
Jump into this chord for a spooky augmented quarter feel that works well with menacing chord harmonizations. This register also makes it easier to solo along the diminished scale, as the notes of the scale are aligned along the neck.
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Developed by legendary guitarist Robert Fripp of the British prog gods King Crimson, this chord is built around the idea of ââfifths, with a minor third between the first and second strings.
This setting is designed to give players a wider range. As such, Fripp went so far as to christen it New Standard – bold enough even for a true guitar icon.
Open tunings are often used to make big chords more accessible, and the New Standard tuning does just that. It can also be devastatingly effective as a tool for opening up your ideas solo, allowing players to access some wacky phrasing.
Where do we go from here?
Using different settings can be creative and rewarding. We hope this video encourages you to explore some unusual tunings in your own music.
Have fun and remember that there are no rules when it comes to experimenting with all aspects of the electric guitar.