Fingerstyle Guitar Licks: #5 DADGAD Tuning

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For our final lick in this series of video blogs I want to introduce you to an
altered tuning known as DADGAD. This is starting to become a sort of alternative
standard tuning for many fingerstyle players. It is commonly used in Celtic
fingerstyle by the likes of Tony McManus and Franco Morone. However, it was also
the tuning that Andy Mckee used when he wrote his piece “Drifting”, so it is
obviously quite a versatile tuning. Pierre Bensusan is probably the player most
associated with DADGAD, because he has adopted it as his standard tuning.

Our lick today is a short excerpt from my composition called “The Feeling of
Home”. It definitely has some of that celtic sound that DADGAD is well known for.
I make a lot of use of legato techniques like hammer ons, pull offs and slides.
Also, look out for some cross-string melodies too!

This Fingerstyle Licks free weekly guitar lesson series is by Keith Murray, a classical & fingerstyle guitarist and instructor who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!