Baritone Guitar Tuning

Do you want to learn how to play in a baritone guitar tuning? It's easier than you may think. I will show you different tunings and how to apply them.

Let's talk about what baritone tuning is. A baritone guitar is a guitar with a longer scale neck.

This makes it much easier to play lower tunings without sacrificing tone.

If you try to tune a standard sized guitar neck down to a low A then you will soon find out that it sounds muddy and your tone is gone.

This is great for low tunings and low alternate tunings. You will hear a lot of players play with a baritone guitar and not even know it.

Normally when you play in a baritone tuning you will play in some sort of standard tuning.

Don't let this stop you from making your own tunings and creating!

As you probably already know, a standard guitar is tuned to (from low to high) E, A, D, G, B, E.

Since a baritone guitar is mainly meant to play in a lower tuning you won't play in this standard tuning.

Normally a typical baritone tuning is either a perfect 5th below this standard tuning.

A perfect 5th tuning below standard tuning is...

A, D, G, C, E, A. This is a very low tuning believe me. You can get different sounds with higher or lower tunings.

The same shapes apply with this tuning. So, all the chords you know and all the scales and riffs you already know in standard tuning apply to this perfect 5th below tuning.

Everything will be a perfect 5th below what you normally is in standard. You normally won't even have to worry about this.

This is just one tuning. Another tuning you will find useful for the baritone guitar is a perfect 4th below standard tuning.

This is a little higher than the last tuning. The notes of this tuning are...

B, E, A, D, F♯, B. This is very similar to what 7 strings guitars are tuned to. That is another great reason to have a baritone guitar because now you don't have to use a 7 string to play what a 6 string can play.

I cover 7 string guitar tunings but they are completely different from these baritone guitar tunings.

Another tuning is a major third below standard tuning. This notes of this tuning are...

C, F, B♭, E♭, G, C.

This is also higher than the first and second baritone guitar tuning.

Give these a try and see which one you like. Personally I like the second one. Tuned down to a perfect 4th. That is what I like and you will like the sound of another tuning.

When you start tuning down to low B and A make sure and get baritone guitar strings. This is very important. You will want a pretty heavy gauge of strings when tuning this low.

Light gauge strings, even on a baritone guitar will sound muddy.

So, here are a list of tunings you can try for yourself and experiment with.

  • Perfect 5th Lower - (A, D, G, C, E, A)
  • Perfect 4th Lower - (B, E, A, D, F♯, B)
  • Major 3th Lower - (C, F, B♭, E♭, G, C)
  • Drop C - (C, G, G, F, A, D)
  • Drop B - (B, F#, B, E, G#, C#)
  • Drop A# - (A#, F, A#, D#, G, C)
  • Drop A - (A, E, A, D, F#, B)
  • Drop G# - (G#, D#, G#, C#, F, A#)
  • Double Drop C - (C, G, C, F, A, C)
  • Double Drop B - (B, F#, B, E, G#, B)
  • Double Drop A - (A, E, A, D, F#, A)
  • Gambale - (A, D, G, C, E, A)

You should have plenty of baritone guitar tunings here to last you for a while. Experiment with these tunings and have fun with them.

Hopefully got the most out of this lesson. If you ever want to learn anything or have any questions just leave me a comment.

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