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Mike Harris

Texas, USA
Post  Posted 2 Feb 2019 7:35 am    
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I have edited my post because I noticed that you requested an 8-string tuning, not a 6-string. Of all things you might consider a tuning of GBDGBD (G6th) for starters since that would give you the open G major chord on strings 2,3 and 4. It would move up the neck just like a 5th-string root major bar chord would on a standard guitar. Once you learn your way around you could move up (literally) to A6th or C6th with ease.
You can raise the 8th string of any of those tunings to give a flat 7 on the bottom, making the tuning a 13th rather than a 6th.
John Ely says: The Junior Brown C13th—really just a standard 8-string C6th with the bottom string raised to Bb—is the most versatile 8-string tuning that exists in my opinion. You have all the majors and minors of the standard C6th and very big seventh-type chords provided by that bottom note. It's incredible really. When playing C6th I'm always toggling that note from A to Bb and back depending on the tune.
You did mention versatility, and there it is.
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