I Invented A New Guitar Tuning – Inside-Out Standard


It’s true. I made something all by myself. If you could print a video, my mom would hang it on the refrigerator.

Imagine, if you will, a tuning of the guitar that is different from standard tuning, but doesn’t require you to change the way you played the guitar at all. Every single pattern, fingering, shape, scale, chord – everything – is exactly the same, and just sounds like the bizarro world version.

Such a thing exists – at least, it does now! I call it Inside-Out Standard.

The tuning is thus: E A D G B E. Looks like E standard, right? But the twist is that you tune it from high to low, instead of low to high. Not upside-down or backwards, like a lefty guitar flipped over – still E A D G B E from your perspective, but where your 6th string is your high E (2 octaves higher than usual), then A (+1 octave), then D (+1 octave), G (same as usual) then B (1 octave lower) and E (2 octaves lower).

This allows you to play everything as you normally would, but with built-in octave displacement that scrambles the octave that each of the notes normally sits in. I’ve had a blast playing around with this, and in conjunction with a standard tuned guitar it could create some seriously fun sounds. It’s like Nashville tuning, but less one-dimensional and has broader uses.

Let me know if you tried it, and how it worked out for you!

Thanks to SIT Strings for providing me with awesome strings for this video.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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  • Cool! But Albert King did it first, sorry :C (really cool application though!)

    • Albert King played in standard but upside down – this is different.

      • Right, hadn’t noticed, thanks for pointing it out. btw, kudos on Trey’s Theory Corner!

        • Thanks dude, more comin atcha every other Tuesday!

  • Those sweeps sound straight outta a Guitar Center jam sesh.

  • Take that scruncci off and practice. I blame djent core for this trend.

    • It’s like distortion, in that it only makes you sound better if you’re already good enough to sound great without it.

  • I thought of this like 7 years ago, and then learned that blues players had tried this long before I was born.

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