This is for Jeff. I’ve always been inspired by the melody of Maui on My mind and I’ve finally started to work on it. This open C tuning (CGCGCE) sparks a question. I’ve always wondered about players who play in lots of tunings. I can play in a few, but I seldom choose a tuning other than Taro Patch when I decide I’d like to create a new song. With “Maui on My Mind” did you select this Open C and then look for a melody? Or, did you have a melody in mind and then experiment with various C tunings to get a fingering that you liked? For example, I like Open D down 1 step because my guitar likes it and I know Open D. What would have been different in the playing if you’d chosen Drop C or Atta’s C or C Wahine or Open D down 1 step, which I consider more common C tunings?
BTW, I’m really enjoying this whole experience. I’m only beginning to wade into the lessons. I can play some of the tunes that you review, but I always find better ways to play them with your arrangements. I wish I had this stuff 15 years ago. Thanks.
This is a follow-up to my earlier post. The reason I broached this subject is that I physically have extreme difficulty making the hinge bar and then fretting two or three frets down. I have small fingers and can’t do it well (being 71 doesn’t help much). It appears that that form is critical to the melody in this tuning. So, while I continue to try to master this, I’m serious enough about this tune to try it in other C tunings; particularly Open D down 1 step (CGCEGC). I think I’ll try Open f too while I’m at it. Of course, it will have to be by ear. That is, I guess, the crux of my earlier post. I’ve enjoyed learning some of your arrangements over the years, but almost always have to make adjustments because I just can’t do what you make look so easy. Not complaining; if it was easy anybody could do it.
I often write in specific tunings to capture certain sounds and fingerings that are either more playable or resonant than I’m other tunings. The C note open on the 4th string really opened up the sound of Maui on My Mind. I often try many tunings when arranging music and often find that many tunings work for the same song. Other times one particular tuning suites a song best.
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