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We will now be looking at one section of my piece “Lucid Drawl” which is in the open Dsus4 tuning or also called DADGAD. Whenever we’re using open tunings we have the ability to really expand our sounds on the guitar. Although you may be limited to one key, it is an effective tool for making arrangements of pieces as well as incorporating two hand tap / percussive sounds to get a rich and open sound. This was my first alternate tuning composition to get into so it was of no surprise that I had to write a song in it. You may need to relearn the fret board with each tuning you get into or just trust your ears.
In this section we can see that we are using some slides when we’re tapping with the right hand fingers. It gives it a really cool effect and the illusion of there being 2 guitars. Important thing to note is to ensure you keep pressure on the strings when sliding your right hand fingers so the sound doesn’t deaden. This will take some practice and may hurt your fingers after a while if you haven’t built up the callous yet. I would suggest you do short practice sessions daily as opposed to running a marathon. If you can tap your foot on every down beat then you’ve got this one down and it’s time to learn the full song if you accept the challenge!
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