Vicki Genfan guides you on an engaging exploration of 11 colorful and versatile open tunings that you can use for original compositions, arrangements, vamps, jams and creative development.
One of the most harmonically exciting and singular qualities of the guitar is the player’s ability to easily tune their instrument to a virtually countless variety of ‘open’ tunings (also referred to as ‘alternative’ or ‘alternate’ tunings).
Popularized by rock, pop and folk artists in the 60’ and 70s, open tunings gave the likes of Nick Drake, Jimmy Page, Richie Havens, David Crosby, Keith Richards and Joni Mitchell their distinctive if not signature distinctive sound palettes.
The use of open tunings continued to flourish across a variety of styles up to present day by guitar masters including Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Preston Reed, Don Ross, Al Petteway, Don Alder, Justin King, Kaki King, Petteri Sariola and Andy McKee.
Recording artist, touring performer and Guitar Player Magazine Guitar Superstar, Vick Genfan uses open tunings almost exclusively and is widely respected as a true innovator and master of the style. Vicki is also a prodigious educator with several platinum-selling courses to her credit.
“Open tunings spark instant creativity by putting fresh palettes of sonic colors under your fingertips. Because the fretboard patterns, fingerings and muscle memories of standard tuning are no longer relevant, you’re forced to let your ears guide your music. And it’s that fretboard freedom and the ultra-rich harmonies that are possible with open tunings that foster such creativity and inventiveness.”
Each of the 11 Performance Studies in this edition of ESSENTIALS features a different open tuning: D sus 2 Tuning, D sus 4 Tuning, D min 7 Tuning, Open D Tuning, D7 sus 4 Tuning, Open G Tuning, E m11 Tuning, C sus 2 Tuning, C m11 Tuning, C 6 add 9 Tuning and C 11 add 9 Tuning.
For each Performance Study, Vicki introduces you to the tuning, describes its harmonic characteristics and then performs the study. In the breakdown section of each study, Vicki teaches you the study’s chord voicings, techniques and rhythm patterns as she steps you through the study measure-by-measure.
Everything is tabbed and notated, PLUS Vicki also includes an Open Tuning Exploration Guide which contains four essential resources for your Open Tuning education: (1) An expanded chord chart for each of the 11 tunings giving you more colors for you palette, (2) A step-by-step guide for Exploring Open Tunings, (3) A step-by-step guide for Creating Your Own Open Tunings and (4) The perfect creativity warm-up, The Rut Buster Exercise.
Grab your guitar and click now to open up your playing…
About the Series
Designed for intermediate and advanced students, TrueFire’s Essentials courses consist of Performance Studies focused on the "essential" harmonic and technical characteristics of a particular style of playing. Educators first perform the study for demonstration purposes and then break it down for the student. Performance Studies include tab, notation and practice rhythm tracks.