Sunday, March 23, 2014
Working Sunday evening: On my supper break I practiced chords on my Oscar Schmidt 12-string guitar in DADEAE tuning. I learned the tuning from the book "Traditional Irish Guitar" by Paul de Grae. It seems like an odd tuning at first, but de Grae recommends it as a good alternative to standard and DADGAD, allowing you to play in more than one key more readily than does an open tuning that is limited to one key. The advantage of having multiple guitars is being able to key one or more in alternate tunings. I explored this tuning after I bought the book in 1999, and with my recent study of advanced Celtic guitar accompaniment I have returned to it.