Open tunings literally open all kinds of possibilities for acoustic guitar players. While lots of will begin with the much-loved DADGAD tuning, there are lots more alternatives to explore. In this brief acoustic guitar tutorial, among the UK’s leading guitarists and Elixir Strings artist Tristan Seume offers an intro to his preferred tuning– CGDGCD. Tristan uses Elixir Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB Finish 12-56 for their long tone life and rich, full tone even at lower tunings. Check them out:

Likewise used by guitar legends like Pierre Bensusan and Martin Simpson, CGDGCD is sometimes described as Orkney tuning or Csus2 tuning and permits you to move far from DADGAD’s essential center of D and produce beautiful textures and tunes. Tristan’s easy-to-follow intro shows a few of the possibilities of this terrific tuning, covering powerful open chords, extended voicings and more.

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