Chords for ADAD tuning.

This page has all the information that is specific to the A,DAd bouzouki tuning. This seems to be less popular than the G,DAdtuning, but offers some different (and interesting) possibilities due to it's open character - the tuning represents an open (i.e. no 3rd) D chord. This tuning is very effectively used by Eoin O'Neill (well-known for his work with Mary Custy and other Co. Clare based musicians), and I've attempted to write a short analysis of his playing style.

For this tuning there is also a chord chart, again available in 3 formats:

Plain text:
This gives per line the fingerings and corresponding note names, makes an attempt to name the chord, and occasionally a remark on usage. [I plan to make these usage notes available in extended form, right here in this page, soon.]
PostScript:
This gives chord diagrams for all the chords. Of course it does not contain all the remarks and annotations that the text version has, but it's a lot easier to read.
To use the PostScript file you either need a PostScript printer, or the GhostScript software, which lets you print PostScript on most other printers.

Adobe .PDF format:
For those who already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the chord diagram files are now also available in .PDF format (thanks to Bill McKenty for suggesting this).

Double stop runs in ADAD tuning.

Also useful, but not always qualifying as real chords (or very funny ones, if you 'd care to analyze them), are so-called "double stop runs", progressions of 2 fretted strings moved up the neck, while the remaining strings sound open. Most often, and most effective, this is used if the 2 fretted strings form a 3rd interval, so the root of a chord and the 3rd note of the corresponding scale. But also a 5th interval or octave can be used as basis for a "double stop run". Some examples are presented below.

Double-stop run #1 for ADAD tuning.

This one is in the key of A, and is based on the 3rd interval between the 2nd and 3rd strings. The root is on the 2nd (A) string, while the 3rd is below the root on the D string.

Double-stop run #2 for ADAD tuning.

This one's in the key of D, but runs from G to G, and has it's root on the G string, and the 3rd on the A string.

Double-stop run #3 for GDAD tuning.

Here's one based on octaves. It 's in the key of D, but the lead notes go from A, to A on the G string. The D strings function as drones throughout this progression.


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(Modified: Sun Jun 29 21:31pm by han / hspeek@xs4all.nl).