I’m working on a new tuning and making a hybrid of two tunings. Half of the first one is minor thirds and the other half is all fourths.

In case you don’t know what it looks like:


I was wondering, does this tuning work or does it not go together?

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    To be (very) picky - C>Eb is m3 (C>D# is aug2), Which then makes Eb>Gb the next m3. Which makes the tuning C Eb Gb, G C F. One fret difference between 4th and 3rd strings seems very strange. – Tim Jun 30 '19 at 17:24
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    We can't tell you if it works for you. Normally a guitarist would create an alternate tuning for a specific purpose or for a specific sound. Since we don't know what your intentions are for this tuning, we can't tell you if it will do what you want it to do. – Todd Wilcox Jun 30 '19 at 17:32
  • I’m using a new tuning for experimental purposes for metal in my side-project called Eldenwood. Since I was looking at standard and alternate tunings, I thought that it would be a good idea to merge two tunings together but I was careful to make sure if it worked. Once again, This is for experimental purposes. – Tobias Lindsay Jul 1 '19 at 1:10

It'll work. But - you won't have the range of a normally tuned guitar, it'll be smaller.

You'll have to work out new fingerings for each and every chord. On guitar, it's tuned like it is to make as many chord shapes as possible accessible. Otherwise it probably would be tuned differently!There are 5 frets between strings and one reason is most of us have 4 fingers, so we have all the chromatics on one hand, before we need the next string open.

Writing out music isn't going to be a problem - each note is where each note is, although the names of the notes are going to be a little confusing - but that's all. Most people tune with a guitar tuner, so sharp names will most likely be favoured. if not, then there's no problem to tune as you say, with those note names. Or, using the 4th and 5th fret method, only in this case, it'll be 3rd and 4th fret method.

I'm interested as to the reasoning behind why this may have advantages over normal tuning.

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You can tune to those pitches, but you're going to have to do some work as far as writing it goes.

Because standard notation uses one line or space for each note, it causes problems when two different pitches have to share the same letter... you need to put a bunch of accidentals in the music to keep things clear.

Your tuning includes F, F#, and G, so there are two F notes on different pitches. Renaming the F# as Gb won't solve that, because then you'd have two different Gs.

Since your tuning has six pitches, I'm guessing it's for guitar. You could write it out in a notation that doesn't require notes (like tablature), but only guitarists are going to be able to envision what you're doing.

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    Why would note naming be a problem? No-one ever looks at notes as they tune their guitar, whatever the pitches may be. – Tim Jun 30 '19 at 16:27

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