Here we go with the tunings . If you don't understand how this works check my page about "Tunings in general".
If you would like a E major open tuning use the D major tuning and raise everything (2u) or just put a capo on the 2nd fret . This goes for all the "higher" tunings. For instance open A major tuning is the same as G major but then (2u) or use the G major tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret. Some tunings are really hard to make on a guitar with normal strings. Sometimes you drasticly have to change the strings or use , like I do ,a Line 6 Variax Acoustic guitar . These tunings are shown with an *. So these tunings with an * might be tricky for your strings but most important!!! for your guitar!!!!! Mind you ...this list of tunings is far from complete as I just started on it. When finished it will be in alphabetic order.(might be around 2065)
Just to give you the taste ! If you try these tunings I would advise a spanish or classical guitar with nylon strings as steel strings give a lot higher tension on the neck and the strings tend to break going up more then 3 or 4 notes . Suppose you really want to go for the down tunings like the E string going down 5 or 7 tones ? Consider using strings that are used for instance for a 10 string guitar. The 10 string guitar uses a low A ;a low B and a low C string and special made D(low) string. These are sold seperate by a company like f.i. Hannabach .
They have marvelous strings for almost any stringed instrument . Very impressive ! But never forget your guitar is made for a 'tension' (and intension) never make the tension to high or the bridge might come off with all the messy consequences!
The so called "Joni" tunings are referred to Joni Mitchell. She used a lot of open tunings but that doesn't say that all the "Joni" tunings are in her name but see it more as out of respect for her.
Normal tuning : E - A - D - G - B - E Dropped D : D(d2) - A - D - G - B - E Open G (major) : D(d2) - G(d2) - D - G - B - D(d2) Double Slack : D(d2) - G(d2) - D - F#(d1) - B - D(d2) Open D (minor ) : D(d2) - A - D - F(d2) - A(d2)- D(d2) Open D (major) : D(d2) - A - D - F#(d1) - A(d2) - D(d2) E McArthy : E - E(d5) - E(u2) - E(d3) - B - E * C Major : C(d4) - G(d2) - C(d2) - G - C(1u) - E * **check about making your tunings C major 2 : C(d4) - G(d2) - C(d2) - G - C(1u) - C(d4)* D5 : D(d2) - A - D - D(d5) - A(d2) - D(d2) G minor : D(2d) - G(2d) - D - G - Bb(d1) - D(2d) G Minor : G(u3) - Bb(1u) - D - G -Bb(1d) - D(2d)* Joni D : B(d6) - D(d7) - D - D(d5) -D(u4) - D(d2) * DADGAD : D(d2) - A - D - G - A(d2) - D(2d) A5 : A(d7) - A - E(u2) - E(d3) - A(2d) - A(d7)> or (5u) * B7 : A(d7) - A - A(d5) - A(u2) - B - D(2d) C13 : A(d7) - D (d7) - Bb(d5) - G - C(1u) - E Dissonant 1 : B(d6) - F#(d3) - C#(d1) - D(d5)- A(d2) - D(2d) G11 : A(d7) - B(u2) - D - F(d2) - A(d2) - C(d4) Wahine Slack : A(d7) - B(u2) - E(u2) - F#(1d) - A(2d) - D(2d) Amin7/Maj7 : A(d7) - C(u3) - C(d2) - G - G#(d3) - C(d4) D7 : D(d2) - D(u5) - D - D(d5) - E(u5) - A(u5) * Fourth : E - A - D - G - C(1u) - F (1u) Amin : E - A - C(2d) - E (3d) - A(2d) - E C9 : C(d4) - C(3u) - E(2u) - B(u4) - G(d4) - D(d2) G sus 2 : C(d4) - G(d2) - D - G - A(d2) - D(d2) G sus : D(d2) - G(d2) - D - G - C(u1) - D(d2) C6 : C(d4) - G(d2)- C(d2) - G - A(d2) - E Double A : D(d2) - A - D - A(u2) - A(d2) - D(d2) E MAJ 7 : E - B(u2) - E(u2) - G#(1u) - B - D#(d1) B11 : E - B(u2) - F#(u4) - B(u4)- C#(u2) - D(d2) * Wahine Slack : E - B(u2) - E(u2) - G - C(u1) - E Double A/D : D(d2) - A - E(u2) - F(d2) - A(d2) - D(d2) Dissonant : D(d2) - G(d2) - D - F(d2) - A(d2) - Bb(d6)* D Min6 :D(2d) - B(2u) - D - F(2d) - A(2d) - D(2d) or >>notice D(2d) - A - D - F(2d) - B - D(2d) or instead F(1u) >>notice notice that the 1st tuning sounds better because of the 'disonant' B and F have more distance.There are so many ways for this tuning ! D min 6 only exists of these 4 notes > D- F-A - B ...find your way
**Lets try to make our "own tuning " !!! First choose a chord ... For instance C major C major only has 3 different notes : C - E - G We should find a way to not to 'high tune' or 'low tune' strings to much. The strings are tuned E - A - D - G - B - E and we should try to stay close to these notes. Low E can stay the same as it is in the C chord For the A string we can do this : tune it up to C(u3) or E(u7) or down to G (d2)..yes the last one is better because you take the tension down for the string but also for the guitar For the D string we can tune down to C (d2) or up to E(u2) G remains the same B comes close to C so (1u) And the E string stays the same . So the final tuning is : E - G(2d) - C(2d) - G - C(1u) - E you can check the 5th and 3rd string in octaves and the same for the 4th and 2nd string.
I have over 300 different tunings for guitar but many are a 'variation' on a theme. Using Dm as open gives you Em with capo on the 2nd Fm on 3rd etc. Most of them are born out of chords ( remember that!).
Some things forbidden : - tune up any higher then 5u (it is really the limit ) - tune the 6th lower then B (it almost has no vibrance anymore) - swear in church - play guitar when you are younger then 1 year old(might stick everything in your mouth) - show off (only allowed when showing a new dress or jeans) - forgot the ferryman(me...leave me a suggestion) - not to have fun