Altered Tuning Reference Guides for Guitar – Unlock the Guitar

Alternate Tuning Chord, Arpeggio and Scales References

If you’ve decided to get to grips with an alternate or open tuning on guitar, then you’re going to need some reference material. The truth is, you’ll waste a lot of time searching the internet for it when you could be playing, which is why we’ve compiled chord, arpeggio and scale diagrams for the following altered tunings in handy PDF format for easy viewing on or offline on any device for six of the most versatile alternate guitar tunings.

Each PDF features an extensive but not overwhelming series of fretboard diagrams (40 chord/arpeggio types and 16 different scales) in order for you to easily extract chords, arpeggios and scales in your chosen altered tuning. We’ve taken a ‘bare-bones’ approach here, which means you’ll be interacting with the material to discover new sounds, shapes and scale patterns; this dynamic promotes creativity and stimulates the memory as what you discover yourself becomes yours to own. Learn more about the approach here. Blank chord and fretboard diagrams are also included in each PDF for you to print out and record your findings, and each one costs as little as $1 (or pay what you want).

The full reference guide ($5) featuring over 100 pages of diagrams and all six of the tunings below is available in PDF format here.


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Open E Tuning Reference Guide for Chords, Arpeggios and Scales.