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    Default GDAD Tuning

    Do many of you used GDAD for chording/strumming as well as playing melodies? If so, why? Do you also tune your octave mandolins the same way?
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    Default Re: GDAD Tuning

    If I tuned my OM that way it would be a bouzouki I tried for a while but went back to GDAE because I was getting too confused switching between OM, mandolin and guitar in DADGAD. For some tunes it definitely added something, others just made them harder to play.

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    Interested to hear others with their experience. I have taken my 22 3/4" OM and tuned it GDAD. My tiny little brain had a tough time adjusting, but I could see how it might be another tool I should have in my toolbox. It isn't hard to tune down a full step. I guess I need to start watching the bouzouki players more.
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    Default Re: GDAD Tuning

    GDAD is for me, a great songwriting tool. As is GDGD.
    I don't play trad tunes so... that's why. If you want an example, i'm pretty sure Steve Knightley tuned his tenor to GDAD (capo'd at fifth, or actually CGDG - the dola version) for Show Of Hands' cover of Boys of Summer, which should give a clue as to why i like it.

    or the CGDG / CGCG if we tune to CGDA firstly.

    I can find std tuning to be a bit "safe" sounding... that's not an accusation, just how my ears hear it... i prefer my chords to have unexpectedly nice intervals driven by open strings.

    I am in std at the moment, but i usually wind up back in GDAD/GDGD after a while.

    ADAD is also many people's favs.

    Conversely, it's fun tuning a mandolin GDAD
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    I use GDAD almost exclusively on CBOMs and tenor guitars. I've even made a little GDAD video series to try and help people get acquainted with the tuning.

    https://www.tenorguitarlessons.com/l.../gdad-lessons/

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    Default Re: GDAD Tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of the Badgers View Post
    GDAD is for me, a great songwriting tool. As is GDGD.
    I don't play trad tunes so... that's why. If you want an example, i'm pretty sure Steve Knightley tuned his tenor to GDAD (capo'd at fifth, or actually CGDG - the dola version) for Show Of Hands' cover of Boys of Summer, which should give a clue as to why i like it.

    or the CGDG / CGCG if we tune to CGDA firstly.

    I can find std tuning to be a bit "safe" sounding... that's not an accusation, just how my ears hear it... i prefer my chords to have unexpectedly nice intervals driven by open strings.

    I am in std at the moment, but i usually wind up back in GDAD/GDGD after a while.

    ADAD is also many people's favs.

    Conversely, it's fun tuning a mandolin GDAD
    That is a rather great version of “Boys of Summer”

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