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Curtis Mayfield's "Black Keys" Tuning

Posted: July 16th, 2005, 5:44 pm
by Caevan O'Sh!te
I did a search here, and was surprised that it turned up no mention of Curtis Mayfield's "Black Keys"-tuning. That is, tuning a guitar to F#-A#-C#-F#-A#-F# (each a "black key" on the piano, low to high, or any tuning relative to that. Cool tuning; I used to tune a flat-top acoustic guitar to F-A-C-F-A-F (the same, but down a half-step), or E-G#-B-E-G#-E (down a whole-step).

Anybody here ever try that one, or its relative tunings?

It's been years, but I used that tuning to play a piece of my own that I called "The Haunted Water-Clock", that I can only recall parts of. I did that a lot, using too many alternate tunings and not documenting the fingerings of different tunes that were dependent upon them (or the tunings, for that matter) and forgetting a lot of them over time... Anybody else ever do that?

Re: Curtis Mayfield's "Black Keys" Tuning

Posted: April 13th, 2017, 10:03 pm
by doit
I've made a guide with chords of Curtis Mayfield «Black Keys» Open F# Guitar tuning.
Available as PDF/ePub/Online.
Please take look. :roll:

Re: Curtis Mayfield's "Black Keys" Tuning

Posted: April 13th, 2017, 11:01 pm
by Alan Green
I've just downloaded this guide as part of post Moderation; it's an interesting read and (best of all) free of charge.

Re: Curtis Mayfield's "Black Keys" Tuning

Posted: June 24th, 2018, 12:31 pm
by MisterLutherMan
I've done that before: I listened to a lot of Andy Mckee, Mike Dawes & Newton Faulkner. I would then tune my strings down or up a semi-tone, sometimes to create a chord from only the open strings, other times to be able to play a melody or pretty-sounding chord within a certain amount of frets, only to then record what I've spent an hour or two making, come back to it and realise I did not note the tunings.

If I did bother to figure out the tuning again, I would repeat the same mistake: I wouldn't note down my tuning.

The song sounded great to me though! Ha