Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Contrary to popular belief, the guitar tuning (low to high) B E A D F-sharp B is good for other things besides those big thick walls of chords heard in modern-day metal music. Try it with a clean tone or mild distortion, and drenched in echo. Rapidly pick on that big B string near the bridge for the fattest, rumbliest Dick Dale surf sound you ever heard. Try some blues leads and you'll find that its almost impossible to play a note without bending it, resulting in some very slippery soloing.

My friend Will Richardson showed me this tuning in 1993, way before I knew about any popular bands using it. I think Will invented it independently, mostly for economic reasons: strings tuned that slack don't tend to break very often!