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yamaha woody unstrung

Posted by vlorbik on November 17, 2014

Photo on 11-11-14 at 6.57 PM

it’s back to its usual set-up
(low five strung in the positions
of the high five; the tuning machine
for woody’s sixth was long ago bent
down into uselessness trying to stop
a buzzing) now a few days later.

tuned either as E-A-D-G-B (“the obvious”…
though really it’s not *so* obvious) or
as *if* A-D-G-B-E (the *apparently*
“obvious”… this would be the “usual”
tuning, with the sixth string missing).
this works out, let’s see, to a “concert-
-key” tuning of E-A-D-Gflat-B, duh (now
that i think of it; lower the second string
by a “half-step”; that’s it).

anyhow the upshot is that its the “obvious”
first tuning that’s weird to play…
i’ve got to keep reminding myself to
mentally move each fingering “up one string”;
in practice sometimes i’ll just fake it and
get (ordinary first-fret) E-major by just
kind of “thinking A-minor instead” and then
just transpose “visually” from there.

and it’s the second, “*apparently* obvious”,
tuning that’s easier to *play*. even though
i’ve computed the names of its notes only now.

new strings by madeline and the net. thanks, honey.


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