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xx Mike's guitar tunings
« Thread started on: Feb 25th, 2010, 1:46pm »

Just transfering these over as I didn't see them in a thread here:

Cinema Show: Acoustic 12 string tuning in first half only - the second half is in standard tuning.

1st & 2nd strings: E (unison)
3rd & 4th strings: B (unison)
5th string: G
6th string: down to E
7th string: D
8th string: down to A
9th & 10th strings: down to G (+ octave)
11th & 12th strings: down to D (+ octave)

Musical Box: Electric 12 string

1st & 2nd strings: F# (unison)
3rd & 4th strings: F# (unison)
5th & 6th strings: F# (+octave)
7th & 8th strings: D (+octave)
9th & 10th strings: A (+octave)
11th & 12th strings: E (+octave)

It's been suggested that the 3rd & 4th strings could also be tuned to C#.

Turn It On Again:

1st string: E
2nd string: A
3rd string: F#
4th string: D
5th string: B
6th string: E

More Fool Me:

This is in some kind of open Eb tuning, possibly:

1st string: Eb
2nd string: Bb
3rd string: G
4th string: Eb
5th string: Bb
6th string: Eb

Harlequin:

Open G tuning:

1st string: D
2nd string: B
3rd string: G
4th string: D
5th string: B
6th string: D

Dance on the Volcano, Los Endos, Squonk, Home by the Sea (and others):

Dropped D tuning (top Es tuned down to D with all other strings as standard)

In The Rapids/ It: (12 string)

These are probably in standard tuning, though the bottom E may be tuned down to D. An alternative suggestion that may make them easier to play is:

1st string: E
2nd string: B
3rd string: F#
4th string: C#
5th string: A
6th string: D


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xx Re: Mike's guitar tunings
« Reply #1 on: Feb 28th, 2010, 10:20am »

I believe that FLY also has an alternate tuning for the RICK 12 string.... the G strings are tuned up to A's. Rest of tuning normal.

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xx Re: Mike's guitar tunings
« Reply #2 on: Sep 29th, 2015, 04:31am »

Hi there,

Thanks for this. Recently bought a 12-string for the first time. Does anyone have a link to a tab for Cinema Show in this tuning. The one I tried last night seemed to be for standard tuning only. cry



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« Reply #3 on: Sep 29th, 2015, 11:34am »

I never thought about this before: how did Mike deal with all the different tunings in live concerts? He can't possibly have kept re-tuning his guitars all the time. Did he have a number of guitars in prepared different tunings, or did he translate everything into standard tuning?
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 29th, 2015, 12:26pm »

Well,

He did have multiple 12 string electrics on tour. Even on the Lamb tour, he used the MicroFrets/Rick double neck and a RICK 360-12 that was played on a few songs.

Mike has been quoted as saying that he got a bit to tricky for himself in that he doesn't even remember some of the tunings he used in the studio.

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 30th, 2015, 7:00pm »

on Sep 29th, 2015, 04:31am, robert32 wrote:
Hi there,

Thanks for this. Recently bought a 12-string for the first time. Does anyone have a link to a tab for Cinema Show in this tuning. The one I tried last night seemed to be for standard tuning only. cry



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This person's videos show the different parts of Cinema Show fairly well:

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« Reply #6 on: Oct 29th, 2015, 08:42am »

on Sep 30th, 2015, 7:00pm, Dr. John wrote:
This person's videos show the different parts of Cinema Show fairly well:


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« Reply #7 on: Jan 8th, 2016, 2:04pm »

The tuning for More Fool Me is incorrect. It's in standard tuning, expect for the two G strings that are tuned up to G#. It's brutal on a 12-string to do this so you might want to tune the other strings down, leave the G strings as is and use a capo on the first fret. That way, your high G string, in particular, won't pop every time. Hope this helps.

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