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Alternate Tunings Reference

Minor Sixth Tuning (C.G#.E.C.G#.E)

Like the major third tuning, this could also be called the "Open C Augmented" tuning, although the strings are ordered differently (CG#E instead of CEG#). Consequently, chord forms are related by swapping the fingerings of the first and fourth strings with those of the second and fifth strings, respectively, whenever this is physically possible.

Despite this formal similarity, the feel of the two tunings is vastly different. The minor sixth tuning is very wide, spanning over three octaves, while the major third tuning spans only an octave and a half. In practical terms, chords in the minor sixth tuning tend to be wide open, with large intervals between successive notes. They tend to have low basses and high trebles simultaneously. Chords in the major third tuning, on the other hand, tend to be compressed, often with multiple copies of the same note in the same octave.
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