About the Author
chenresiMusic teacher, composer, singer-songwriter, truly lover of open C guitar tuning 🙂 . M.A. (Musicology).
I fell in love with open C tuning because I was and I am enchanted, thrilled, fascinated by Dougie Maclean’s “Inside The Thunder” album. Everything I do in open C is because of the great influence of this music. Actually I am a singer-songwriter and I compose music and songs since childhood. I’ve been studied music more about than 20 years in a music school, then college and then conservatory. I am a professional musicologist. And you know, I became tired and boring with all these classical harmony “shortnesses” which we can hear in every song nowdays. Honestly, there’s more creatively fantasy, inspiration, intellect and sincerity, a non-stop flow of sounds in the only one bar of any Bach’s work than in any modern song. Sometimes it seems that people forgot everything which was made and discovered by great composers of the past and present! So during many years I’ve been composed songs playing guitar but I was a slave of the standard tuning (EBGDAE). But something was moved in my musical mind when I heard Dougie Maclean’s songs. I became a great wish to play them and to make them clear for Russian speaking people. And so I translated a dozen of them. But it was impossible to play them using standard tuning guitar. So my most unusually music travel had begun. If you ask me " What is a starting point for a guitarist to experiment with open c tuning”, the answer is really easy. It’s very popular now to play a percussive guitar and fingerstyle. Many guitarists learn tabs of Tommy Emmanuel and other great musicians which compose in many different tunings. So my lessons might be very helpful for someone who wants to discover more than just to play only one piece. Open C is very relative to sitar tuning and even old baroque lute. It is based on natural harmonics and gives sustainable resonance and it relaxes even if to play something fast like jig. Just try some chord progressions and you'll hear everything...