These sounds can be used for songwriting, fingerpicking training, &/or strumming tunes.
To get into the tuning: raise the 6, 2, & 1 strings one half step each.
From standard: +1 · 0 · 0 · 0 · +1 · +1 = F A D G C F.
As with the E Major chord scale, we don’t have to play the highest chords in the group if fretboard access is limited, as on an acoustic without a cutaway. Even without the 2 highest chords, we gain some sweet sounds (the typical, starter set of chords we would use to write a song in F ⇾ I ii iii IV V vi).
With the open strings ringing (we can control the low F with our fretting hand thumb – full or partial mute, if desired), most of these chords would have different names. We can discuss these, if desired, yet I’m thinking on the open/alt tuning side of the street…if it sounds good, remember it, bring it into play. This tuning, like any, engages affects. This experience typically outweighs the need to know absolute names. We go east.
Things to Do
- Play the alphabetical chord scale. This is a training event. If the top two chords are inaccessible as mentioned, use the V chord in place of the viio, then go back to the I chord that started the exercise.
- Play a common progression, such as I-IV-I-V or I-vi-ii-V.
- Play a tune that you know, substitute these voicings.
- Use the voicings for fingerpicking training or simple arpeggiating.
- Write a tune in F with these chords.
- Add a capo and be astonished with the sonic lights. Merge with that madness.
- With free fingers, seek changing elements, melodic tone toggles. Go creative.
I’ve used this tuning & some of these voicings for numerous tunes, including Sleep…
This first chord of this tune is the first F Major.