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School of Song

Open and Alternate Tunings for the Guitar (November '23)

Open and Alternate Tunings for the Guitar (November '23)

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Taught by Jake Sucher

Eight (8) 75-minute classes, twice a week. Limited enrollment.

Taught in a live, interactive classroom setting on Zoom

  • Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00a - 10:15a (PT)
  • November 27th, 30th; December 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st.
  • Classes are recorded and sent out after class. You do not have to be able to attend every class live to sign up.

If you’ve played guitar for long enough, you have certainly encountered the enticing mystery that is alternate tuning. Changing our tuning offers us an opportunity to see the guitar in a new light by leaving the safety of our familiar chord-shapes… not to mention it sounds really cool.

In this class, we will examine traditional open-tuning repertoire as well as works in alternate tunings from modern guitarists. We will also look at alternate tuning through a song-writing lens, and how it changes our approach to the fretboard.

Topics covered:

  • Learn classic and modern repertoire
  • Practical theory for approaching alternate tuning
  • Composing original guitar parts using alternate tuning
  • Slide playing and other techniques specific to open tuning
  • Creating your own tunings
  • The subtleties and subjective side of intonation


  • Open position chords
  • Familiarity with reading TABS
  • Basic music theory knowledge (i.e. you know where the half steps are in a major scale)

Sign up with a friend and you’ll both receive a 20% discount! clicking here.

If after the first two classes you feel the course is not a good fit for any reason, you are welcome to a refund on the rest of the course classes.

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