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"It's hard to imagine a better-written, more logically laid-out, or thorough survey of the rich spectrum of possible alternate tunings than this excellent volume." --Guitar Player Magazine

"This guide is a must-have for anyone interested in exploring the sonic possibilities of tunings." --Guitar School Magazine

About the Author

Mark Hanson is internationally known as an author of high-quality guitar instruction materials. His more than two dozen books and videos include such titles as Alternate Tunings Picture Chords," "Paul Simon Transcribed," "Fingerstyle Noel," and "Great American Tablature Songbook." As an editor at Frets acoustic music magazine in the '80s, Mark interviewed such luminaries as James Taylor, David Crosby, and Michael Hedges. Mark continues to author and publish new titles, gives workshops and concerts across the country, and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Guitar Player magazines, as well as for his website: accentonmusic.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Guitar Player Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Accent On Music, LLC (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936799137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936799131
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've run out of riffs or are looking for a sound that sets you apart, this is THE book. I probably wouldn't reccomend it for less than intermediate (2-3 years on gutiar) But if you're even curious about alternative tunings this book is the best resource you can find for the money, covering the most common dadgad to the obscure i.e. B'Gdf#ad'. It loses points for D.I.Y.ers in assuming a working knowladge of chord and scale theroy. You can over look that as a small trade off for the sheer volume of information and well laid out information and examples. (Pages 85-120 are nothing but lists of artists and tunings, covering Chet Atkins, Sonic Youth and Led Zepplin just for starters.) If you want Hawaiian,Celtic or Heavy Metal you can find something to make your self heard here and if you're fingerstyle folk, just lock the door behind you and take enough food for a couple of days.
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I've been guitaring -- some pro, mostly for my own joy -- for 35 years. I hate "how to play" books... but this is the exception. Don't assume it'll be "the magic touch," but BUY IT, play around with it, bust up a dozen sets of strings, maybe even buy another guitar (like I did) just to leave in "weird" tuning while you experiment.

This book, honestly, will vastly expand your thinking. From Neil Young & Richard Thompson, through Sonic Youth & Soundgarden, you'll learn how to get that unique "sing" from the strings. If you make it through Adrian Legg's tunings without your head melting, let me know.

So why didn't I give it 5 stars? Well, some of it is just wrong -- & the author has no one to blame but himself. Some of the chord diagrammes are simply wrong. Some of the tunings in the Discography are incorrect. And I wouldn't have known this if Mark Hanson hadn't done such a great job of teaching me a new way to hear the tones I produce.

Again: if you're reading this, you need this book.
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Ok, I just got this book and now I'm searching further for an actual COMPLETE book of alternate tunings. I have 2 complaints on that front, one not enough tunings in here, and two, and more importantly, not enough chords transposed here to tell you where all the standard plus nonstandard chords are on the fretboard in these alternate tunings. I'm looking now for something much more detailed and comprehensive, most importantly with chords transposed. Like, that's such basic info you need if you want to play your favorite songs on the gittar in alternate tuning. So I'm not happy about that. This is not complete. A truly complete book on the subject would at the very least have a long appendix showing all or at least most of the important standard chords on the fretboards transposed for each tuning. Now on the plus side, this book is beautifully written and simple and easy to understand. I'm happy I bought it because it's a fine intro to the subject, but it should be titled an INTRO to alt tunings, not a complete guide. Sure, I know how to play the gittar at a fairly intermediate level enough to dare to try alternate tunings. I have no illusions I'm suddenly going to turn into Michael Hedges or his master successors in slap technique and other wonders of outrageous instrumental alternate tuning guitar playing, but I just want to enjoy the wondrous magic of the sound of the pretty chords in alternate tuning. This book has certainly made it EASY beyond my imagining. The little sidebar boxed explanations he gives that show how to tune in the alternate tunings are superbly easy to understand, and the explanations and background on who uses these tunings are excellent.Read more ›
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Like another reviewer suggested, take enough food and water for a few days and lock the door behind you! Oh yeah, make sure you have a few sets of strings too. This book will keep you busy/amused for months! This is a great intro to the world of alternate tunings. I know a lot of guitar players tend to shy away from alternate tunings, but they are really missing out on the amazing things that can be done. This book will give you the basics. It's up to your fingers and ears to figure out the rest. I used to be amazed when my guitar teacher would throw his guitar into another tuning without a tuner. Now I know how he does it! Don't be afraid to explore other tunings. The guitar is such an amazing instrument and this book helps open up other worlds that you don't want to miss out on. It's a lot of fun and it's pretty good ear training too!
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This book is a literal encyclopedia for alternate tunings. It contains several of the most odd types Ive seen. Page after page of different types of tunings. It also has a list of what bands have been known to use which tunings. Since new tunings are always being created by artists, the book will probably never be complete as the author states. But this one is as close as it gets!
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What can I say? This book is a no fluff, no frills, alternate tuning resource for guitarists looking to expand their capabilities. Upon experimenting in various tunings, I immediately composed new instrumentals. This book helped fuel my creativity and I think anyone who takes it seriously will experience the same.
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