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Favorite 6-string Blues Tuning
C6 - CEGACE
16%
 16%  [ 6 ]
D - DADF#AD
8%
 8%  [ 3 ]
E - EBEG#BE
24%
 24%  [ 9 ]
G - Dobro - GBDGBD
24%
 24%  [ 9 ]
G - Low Bass - DGDGBD
8%
 8%  [ 3 ]
A - Low Bass - EAEAC#E
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
A6, E6, or other “6”
10%
 10%  [ 4 ]
None of the above
8%
 8%  [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 37

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Allan Revich


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Toronto, Canada
Post  Posted 5 Sep 2019 4:56 pm    
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Just wondering what other lap steel blues players like to tune their six strings to for blues. The ever-popular C6 doesn’t make much sense to me for six string because the bottom is so high... For those of you playing on more than 6 strings, I can see why it makes sense.
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David M Brown


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Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 5:11 am    
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Open D or E are quite useful!

But I love that old-school E7 for blues:

L-H

B D E G# B E
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David Knutson


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Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 1:56 pm    
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If I'm playing and singing blues songs it's my tri-cone in low bass G, or my Dobro in D. But in a multi instrument blues jam I will go to my 8 string in G6 (mostly not using the bottom two strings).

L - H
E G B D E G B D
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 2:34 pm    
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I like open D & open E (E’s nice for my dull mind and knowing where I am on the neck without having to think about it).
Great thing about D, for me, is I just capo at 2 for an E neck).
Gives me good options.
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G Strout


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Carabelle, Florida
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 4:28 pm    
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For Blues I tend to use the G (dobro tuning) on my 6 lap steels or a G6 tuning on my 8 string. I can play blues in C6/A6 but the harmonies that I need are not under my bar. E..... well it just doesn't get it for me.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 8 Sep 2019 6:33 am    
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I voted C6 because it serves as a gateway to C13. However, another tuning I would recommend would be E7–open E tuning with string 5 tuned to D. This configuration mirrors the low 5 strings of the C13 interval-wise. The only thing missing is the 3rd on top and 6th. Slants would be a huge part of the equation, and would easily take you from I to IV or V to I.
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Allan Revich


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Post  Posted 11 Sep 2019 7:43 pm    
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After experimenting with Dobro G, and Low Bass G, I’ve returned to Open D for everything except noodling at home, where I’m keeping one lap steel tuned to Dobro G.
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I may change that one to GBDF#AD as per b0b below. If I’m going to keep one lappy in a different tuning, it may as well be in what I consider to be the ideal tuning for me.
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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 11 Sep 2019 9:27 pm    
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G B D F# A D - I use it for everything.

https://b0blee.bandcamp.com/track/i-walk-downtown-2

https://b0blee.bandcamp.com/track/kitchen-blues
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Allan Revich


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 5:58 am    
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b0b wrote:
G B D F# A D - I use it for everything.

https://b0blee.bandcamp.com/track/i-walk-downtown-2

https://b0blee.bandcamp.com/track/kitchen-blues


I think of this tuning as, “just about perfect”. 2 major triads on every fret. Minor and minor 7 on every fret. 6 on every fret. And those are just the straight bar options.

Unfortunately for me, my skill level isn’t developed enough to take advantage of all these options “on the fly”; ie/when playing live.
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Peter Jacobs


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Northern Virginia
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 4:27 pm    
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My issue with dobro G is that lowballs B string x makes it hard to slide into power chords on the low strings (which is why Keith Richards uses only 5 strings for open G). Low G tuning has that low D, which I never use.

I use a G add 4 tuning (G D G B D C low to high). The high C let’s me suspend chords without always having to do pulls, and it stays out of the way until I need it. It works for me, anyway.
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Roy Thomson


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Wolfville, Nova Scotia,Canada
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2019 8:49 am    
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https://ln2.sync.com/dl/eeb7928c0/vbne3rb8-q2wdqge3-g87qyq7c-gkbuhcz2



This is Bluesy. Note it is A9
Standard guitar tuning with th 4th string dropped 1/2 tone

Roy

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David Knutson


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Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2019 12:27 pm    
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That's a sweet little piece, Roy - and a VERY interesting tuning. I'm going to have to spend some time in A9. Thanks, it's always good to hear your forum offerings.
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b0b


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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2019 12:40 pm    
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Very, very cool, Roy. Cool
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