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I've had a few suggestions as to an "official" name for this tuning, but what do you lot think?

From high e to bass...

e B F# C# G# D#

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I've added the alternative-tunings tag to differentiate questions between the acting of tuning and actual alternative-tunings. –  Anonymous Jan 15 '11 at 23:56
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"Low-four drop-one"? :P –  Matthew Read May 31 '11 at 17:27
    
It's really weird to list the strings high-to-low. This isn't Ancient Ionia! –  luser droog Oct 6 '11 at 6:31
    
Am going to call it "Fourths" –  gingerbreadboy Dec 10 '11 at 15:03
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Usually you start with the low string, despite the fact that we begin counting strings with the high string, and this would be D# G# C# F# B E then, which would be very similar to Stanley Jordan's tuning, EADGCF, which is exactly like standard except the strings above the major third are sharpened. "All Fourths" would be a way to express it, but I don't think I've seen it said like that.

The good of it is that, for playing melodically, all the patterns are the same when you change strings, which isn't true of standard. The bad of it, of course, is that chords get all messed up.

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I've taken to calling it "Fourths". –  gingerbreadboy Dec 10 '11 at 15:03
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I've heard "all fourths" for this type of tuning. –  Dave Jan 22 '13 at 19:59
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You can name this 'half of circle of fifths (starting on E)' as 'stacked-fourths on D#' tuning.

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A search of a chord dictionary throws up the the tuning to be an Emaj13 chord, so I suppose technically the name would be 'Open Emaj13.' Not particularly catchy though, and I don't think there is a real name for it, as far as I know. Sorry.

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