Watch the Forget What You Know online guitar lesson by Christie Leneé from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

We've all heard the familiar saying "think outside the box", but how do we force ourselves to bring a fresh ear to both our instrument and our creative process? One great way is to try playing in a different tuning. For example, let's try playing in drop D tuning. This is a great alternative tuning to start with because a lot of the things you know in standard tuning will translate, but you'll still find yourself coming up with creative voicings and melodies from the "newness" of the tuning.