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Tony Boadle


From:
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Post Posted 29 Oct 2017 4:23 pm     Reply with quote

Hi team! I'm happily pickin' away on my eight string lap steel tuned E6th. That's lo-hi E G# B C# E G# B E.
I also play my eight-String Reso with the same tuning. I'll be switching back to a six-string reso soon, but want to stay with E6th tuning.
It seems that the recommended setup is to tune the same as the 'lower' six strings of the eight...but I've found that I seem to pick the 'higher' six strings much more when playing.
Is it against the law to tune a six-string the 'higher' way? Lo-hi B C# E G# B E ? How about the 'middle' six?
Finally, am I in a minority thinking how versatile E6th is?
Looking forward to your comments, as always....
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Joe Kaufman


From:
Lewiston, Idaho
Post Posted 30 Oct 2017 10:12 am     Reply with quote

Makes a lot of sense to me. I had a 6 string acoustic with a nut riser that I tuned E7 BDEG#BE (string 5 half a step under your tuning) and G6 BDEGBD (only two strings are different). Over time I learned that for me the 6th tone was a lot more useful in the higher strings.
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L. Bogue Sandberg


From:
Chassell, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 30 Oct 2017 10:29 am     Reply with quote

Steel guitar players are lawless bunch when it comes to tunings! If you like it and it works, use it.

Like Joe, I have a 6 string tuned to BDEGBD, the top six of the FGBDEGBD G13 on my everyday 8 string resonator. I miss the bottom two some, but it works nicely, since like you, I seem to spend most of my time on the top six anyway. Your BC#EG#BE wouldn't be that much different from a string gauge or pitch standpoint.
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Tony Boadle


From:
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Post Posted 30 Oct 2017 11:49 am     Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Time to get lawless then. Time to break free from the shackles of the tuning rulebook.... I'm gonna live for the moment......wild and free, fearless and brave.
Now I have to go do the washing up. Cheers!
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 2 Nov 2017 2:17 pm     Reply with quote

Tony, I like to use the Don Helms' E6th tuning:


On a 6 string steel I tune as follows:
(H-L) G# E C# B G# E

C. E. Smile
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Tony Boadle


From:
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Post Posted 2 Nov 2017 10:39 pm     Reply with quote

Oh man! What a fascinating piece of lap-steel history....many thanks for that. I'll try that variation this weekend.
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 6:16 am     Reply with quote

Tony, since you enjoy steel history, here is a video I made you might enjoy.

DON HELMS-MEMORIES OF MY VISITS WITH DON

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L. Bogue Sandberg


From:
Chassell, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 9:08 am     Reply with quote

Tony, since you're looking for a 6 string tuning on your resonator that high G# on the Don Helms version might be a little thin sounding. On Helm's electric it really gave the high and lonesome sound. Experiment and report back!
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Tony Boadle


From:
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 1:06 pm     Reply with quote

I'll watch that video over the weekend, when I can relax and enjoy it fully!
And I agree about the high top string btw.
Thanks!
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