by Steve Eulberg
In the first post addressing this topic, we examined the kind of instrument you have. Now we’ll look at the second point: the kind of music you want to play.
Here are some examples that I suggested that reflect the different modes, that different tunings make possible, or easier to play.
A respondent suggested that I provide sound links for some tunes as examples.
Click on the links to hear and/or see them below:
Ionian (1-5-5, commonly DAA): Joy to the World, Barlow Knife
Mixolydian (1-5-8, commonly DAd): Old Joe Clark, Sandy Boys
Aeolian (1-5-b7, commonly DAC): God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Dorian (1-5-4, commonly DAG): Drunken Sailor, Scarborough Faire
(Jessica actually uses a capo on the first fret and makes use of the 6+ fret for her arrangement of Scarborough Faire…we’ll talk about that in a different post.)