Watch the Try an Open Tuning online guitar lesson by Christie Lenée from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

Once again, one of my favorite tools for creative songwriting on the guitar is working in an alternate tuning. In this case we'll take a look at DADGAD, which is arguably one of the most popular non-standard tunings guitarists typically go to. Here again, you can employ a few simple shapes to experiment with a wide variety of harmony options and riff ideas. Being in an alternate tuning is inspiring because it's harder to fall into the same chord shapes you may typically use in standard tuning. Have fun exploring a new tuning and seeing what kinds of song ideas it sparks for you.