Watch the Open Tunings online guitar lesson by Peppino D'Agostino from Acoustic Poetica

I discovered open Tunings in the mid 70' thanks to guitarists such as Leo Kottke. Dave Evans, John Renbourn and Davey Graham. I began experimenting with them and developed my own unusual open tunings. One of the reasons I love open tuning so much is that all the familiar chord shapes, scales, right and left hand patterns are obsolete. You're in strange territories that you can't recognize and it can be a little unnerving at first. The guitar becomes almost a new instrument and that factor can be actually really inspiring. The guitar itself will suggest melodies you would not play and chord voicings you wouldn't ordinarily think about. When I use open tunings, I basically follow my fingers, my musical instinct and let my intuition dictate what happens next. Unlike the violin, the cello or wind instruments, the guitar doesn't have a long sustain and the notes tend to die away almost as soon as they are plucked. For this reason open strings played either as a melody or over a melody can give the illusion of a sustain. In this course we'll be looking at two unusual open tunings, DADEAE and C#G#EF#BD#, but in my future courses we'll explore more of them, so stay tuned.