An intrepid guitar researcher has assembled an exhaustive list of 100 alternate tunings – and he's just getting started

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We’ve all dabbled in alternate tunings, but it’s probably fair to say few of us have ventured beyond the most popular and common guitar tunings currently known.

Those tunings would probably include Drop D, DADGAD, any open-chord tuning variant such as Open C and Open E, and – for some more adventurous souls – the DGCGCD Rain Song tuning.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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