The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #156102   Message #3678198
Posted By: Phil Cooper
18-Nov-14 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: D or DADGAD?
Subject: RE: Chord Req: D or DADGAD?
I play in DADGAD a lot. Mostly because I liked the sound for some modal tunes I like to play and secondly I became too lazy to try a retune to standard when hanging around song circles. I got used to playing in most any key with it. I know some DADGAD advocates that act like it was a tuning handed down by the druids in an ancient ritual, but that's nonsense. I believe if Dylan was playing in D tuning he might have been in DADF#AD. That was used by many blues players. Joni Mitchell also used it a lot. Any tuning is a tool you can use. Standard gives you a lot of versatility. Other tunings can sound great, but are limiting. I like working around limitations, but would not say anyone's preference was superior to anyone else's.