In the Spring of 1999, I stumbled across an issue of of Guitar Player Magazine. The cover feature was entitled "15 Days to Better Chops" and the article guaranteed "dramatic improvement in playing" in 15 days with just 15 minutes of practice a day. I plunked down about $4.95 for the magazine. The article lived up to the guarantee and I have considered it to be some of the best money I ever spent.
Baritones: the Magic is in the Tuning.
When you get right down to it, a lot of the magic of the baritone guitar is in the tuning. The reason one creates music on a baritone is because of the deep and rich tones created by playing in a lower register.
Sadly, the average baritone player never ventures beyond standard tuning and thus never experiences the instrument's full potential.
However, if you're reading this article, you are not the average baritone player.
So, check the batteries in your chromatic tuner. Its time to twist some pegs and adjust some strings. Here is part one our complete (or, nearly complete) guide to traditional and alternative baritone tuning.
Nashville tuning may not be something you typically associate with the baritone guitar. However, in this video, virtuoso Pat Metheny beautifully demonstrates what his half Nashville alternative tuning can offer to baritone players.
You could spend a lifetime trying to copy Pat's musical stylings. Fortunately, emulating this tuning takes minutes.