Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Tranquility MTB trails still intact

I got out on the bike after work today and rode out to the new south section of Tranquility. I could see there was land mover work done today but so far all the trails are pretty much still intact.

Dale was out working on a route around one of the new technical features.

Happy Halloween!
- Paul

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Nashville and Other Guitar Tunings

One thing I did not realize until recently is that Nashville Tuning is also called high-strung tuning. It's accomplished by using lighter, unwound strings. Nashville tuning is more involved than just tuning your guitar differently. It's also known as high-stringing a guitar because different strings need to be used. I read that it creates a 12 string effect on a 6 string guitar. You use the high octave strings of a 12 string set of strings on a six-string guitar. The first two strings of your instrument (high E and B) remain unchanged, and the lower four strings (G through low E) are tuned an octave above standard tuning.

There are ready made string sets for this. D'Addario XL series electric guitar strings can be bought in a High Strung/Nashville Tuning gauges .010/.014/.009/.012/.018/.026 light set. The gauges for a medium set would be .012/ .016/ .010/ .014/ .020/ .030 high to low.

A few songs recorded with Nashville Tuning:
* Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
* Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
* Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Guitar Tuning Reference
Tuning Low____6___5___4___3___2___1__High__
Mayfield -----F#--A#--C#--F#--A#--F#-------
Collins ------F---C---F---Ab--C---F--------
Half Bent ----F---Bb--Eb--Ab--C---F--------
Fourths ------E---A---D---G---C---F--------
Open E -------E---B---E---G#--B---E--------
Open A -------E---A---E---A---C#--E--------
Nashville ----E---A---D---G---B---E--------
High Plain ---E---A---D---G---B---E--------
Standard -----E---A---D---G---B---E--------
Lute ---------E---A---D---F#--B---E--------
Hendrix ------Eb--Ab--Db--Gb--Bb--Eb-------
Drop D -------D---A---D---G---B---E--------
Drop D -------D---A---D---G---B---D--------
DADGAD -------D---A---D---G---A---D--------
Open D -------D---A---D---F#--A---D--------
D Minor ------D---A---D---F---A---D--------
D Modal ------D---A---D---D---A---D--------
G 6 ----------D---G---D---G---B---E--------
Open G -------D---G---D---G---B---D--------
Richards ---------G---D---G---B---D--------
G Minor ------D---G---D---G---Bb--D--------
Cooder -------Db--Ab--Db--F---Ab--Db-------
Kottke -------C#--F#--B---E---G#--C#-------
Open C -------C---G---C---G---C---E--------
C 6 ----------C---G---C---G---A---E--------
Kaki King ----C---G---D---G---A---D--------
Leadbelly ----B---E---A---D---F#--B--------
Baritone -----B---E---A---D---F#--B--------
Baritone II --A---D---G---C---E---A--------

Who is Stratomatic?

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Stratomatica - is my blog place where I document things happening around me or that interest me. The name Strata, geologically speaking, are layers of sedimentary rock or soil with internally consistent characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. Too deep? Well, I like guitars. Mostly I like the sound and feel of Stratocasters.