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    Default Discovering the fun of GDGD tuning

    After replying to a thread in the Bluegrass section about a tune called "Basset Creek", I tuned one of my mandolins to GDGD and was really taken with the sound. I talked to a friend in NC who plays a lot of cross tuned fiddle tunes and he sent me a list of tunes he plays. I already know quite a few in standard tuning, so it has been fun figuring them out in GDGD.

    Tunes my friend suggested...
    June Apple
    Little Billy Wilson
    Boatman
    Sandy Boys
    Sail away Ladies
    Sandy River Bell
    Tater patch, to name a few.

    Also, any G tune I happen to like.

    Wondering if any other folks here are using this tuning?
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    I got obsessed with crosstuning for awhile. I liked GDGD better than AEAE. Sounds like you have a good tune list going. Check out Mike Compton playing Jenny Lynn to hear how much fun crosstuning can be. You can play all the strings all the time and make a bunch of noise. I've included a few videos I made too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyFC7PZ6jiI



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYi4TmDvPCI



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdpZqa81Upo



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaulrhWzGss



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C681u8cuIv4

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    I have one mandolin I keep in GDGD, or right now I think its in AEAE. Same thing really. That way the the standard tuned mandolin does not need to be retuned and stressed, and the cross mandolin can stay in cross and maybe settle in there.
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    Thanks Don! I watched you videos on youtube and thank you. Your version of "Sandy River Belle" is quite different then the one I know, I will have to dig into that one.

    I watched a Mandolesson done by Baron Collins-Hill about cross tuning a mandolin and he suggested if you want to play in AEAE tuning, just tune to GDGD and capo at the second fret. His concern was about tuning the mandolin up to A. I agree with him on that point.

    One thing I have noticed is that I now spend a fair amount of time noodling searching for new tunes the mandolin has to offer.
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    Skip Gorman's "Mandolin in the Cow Camp" features several tunes in alternate tunings. Very inspiring CD from Skip--I think I got my version of Sandy River Belle from that CD.

    Noodling is quite fun in GDGD--everything sounds good with all those drones going on. Enjoy!
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    One question to Charles E. I notice that of all the tunes you list, and which I also happen to know, I play in the key of A. So what are you doing? Are you tuning to open G, and then playing these A tunes in A, or are you transposing them to G?
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    Hey Jim, Those tunes are ones that a friend (who I used to play with ) gave as examples of ones he plays in cross tuning. I think in the fiddle world AEAE is far more common then GDGD. I just started this journey so all tunes are played in GDGD. If I ever have a chance to play with other people again and want to play these tunes in A, I would just capo at the second fret to get AEAE.
    Charley

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