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Tony McManus: Celtic DADGAD and Deeper Alternate Tunings
Saturday, October 27, 10:00am
Woodstock Commune/Petersen House, 297 Tinker Street, Bearsville, NY   See Map

Tony will try to cover a few of the altered tunings he uses and, more importantly, why he uses them. Dropped D is the most common and most easily related-to standard but he'll also look at DADGAD, well known from Celtic to Rock music: CGCGCD, which finds uses from playing jigs and reels to accompanying songs and even DAAEAE, which he uses for playing bagpipe music - much quieter on guitar.

One thing Tony would love to convey is the links between tunings so that they become "tamed" rather than be confronted by lists of letters; these can be seen as variants of one another. DADGAD and CGDGCD (sometimes called "Sawmill" tuning on banjo) look unrelated but one is just the other moved over a string. Come to the class and find out how! He'll show some examples in each tuning and some ideas of playing across the strings to exploit these different tunings.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced


Tony McManus