Exploring EADEBE Tuning
Under: Guitar Lessons
Following on from our look at DADGAD tuning. Today we’re going to look at EADEBE tuning.
I first discovered this tuning when working on Road by Nick Drake for a guitar lesson. While this is an advanced tune, it’s worth trying to learn it as it will stretch you. Also, learning fingerstyle guitar is great for improving hand-eye coordination. So give it a go!
As Nick Drake’s most used tuning, and one which sounds cool, it’s useful for writing songs and staying inspired. Also Ed Sheeran uses this tuning in his song Tenerife Sea. So, let’s explore it then?!
Since the basis of this tuning is standard guitar tuning, you just need to make one alteration. You need to lower the G string to an E note – E A D E B E.
This open tuning means we can use open strings to fill out our guitar chords creating a unique sound. Plus we can form chords up and down the fretboard. This tuning gives the guitar a new depth and offers us a different way to play over the key of E.
Some of you will want to see how this tuning looks on the fretboard, so here you go. Remember it’s very close to standard tuning yet the change creates an interesting dynamic. While there’s blank fretboard diagrams on the resources page, it might be worth printing a few of these pre-filled sheets.
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Let’s look at some chords in the EADEBE tuning!
Above is a range of chords to help you get started. Don’t worry about fingering, just used what’s close! Write down an chords you find, using my Blank Chord Boxes and have a go at naming them. If you get stuck, then leave me a comment and I’ll help you name them.
Cool songs ideas
So, the best way to get started? Pick a song in E. You’ll want to retune your guitar into EADEBE tuning. Then start having some fun relearning how to play guitar!
As you start to explore this tuning, songs will jump at you from the guitar. And as a result, you’ll find new inspiration each and every time you play a guitar with EADEBE tuning.
If you’re feeling really brave, try to find some of your own guitar chords. Remember, however, to write out what you find and leave me a comment below!