Tuesday, November 22, 2005


CGDGBD, is the tuning I was given on last weeks show, I'm going to spend the day today working on this tuning, and see if I can come up with anything.

Looking forward to tomorrow's show, can't believe we are on show number 10 already, the time has really flown by. I've had so much fun, and met so many new people, including bloggers.
Well it's not going to be a big one today, just a note to say thanks to everyone that has posted, and that I hope everyone can watch the show tomorrow.

Now back to work on that new tuning.

If anyone has a favorite that they want me to play on the last show, give me a shout.



Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

yo mikey! nice to hear your finding new tunings from the fab book rach/pete bought ya. thanks for my message, no trust me they are all scum and i know im better than them. im very happy i have met you! (im not a stalker) at first when i heard rach was doing the experiment of in the attic i thought what a crazy but fun idea and had know idea it would be a success!. proved me wrong.
plastacine and tourist i would love to hear! and do you sign autographs?
take care regards to everybody
love Lucy (tammy girl)
p.s. can we all still write even though it will be the last show tommoro! also how is the song about me comming on! ha ha ha

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I just lost my comment I was working on. Anyway, I don't mean to be a bother, but are you planning on using Mp3 downloads on your blog? Even if it is just snippets of Plascitine, or Tourist or White Stripes, or Feel My Heat.....it will be better than nothing. I will miss In The Attic and hearing you play. I get like this, very attached to my favorite music!
Loved your last post. Cute doggie. My dobe puppy is starting obedience school next week. should be interesting, as she is 75 lbs, and the next biggest dog is about 30 lbs. But she is a doll, and the best behaved from the lot of them (we met without our canine "children" before class starts to discuss what we want to get out of it) You are a good friend to dog-sit, us dog owners really appreciate it!
Have fun tomorrow. I hope I can catch most of it in real time!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger AndyW said...

Loved to hear you play Torture with Rachel.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

CGDGBD - it's a new tuning, I thought you giving us the secret code to the universe. "Mikey just slipped us the answer!"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Joni Mitchell has used that tuning a bunch. Have fun with it. My request would be for you to play what you would like. I enjoy all your tunes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Plasticine, White Stripes and I do love all yours songs but those are a few of my favs! OH and I loved Invisible!

Take care and have fun practicing! I am off to another busy day. Put up two silly comics relating to family and Thanksgiving on my blog. Be sure to check them out, they are pretty silly and the one with the cow reminded me of you with that post on Renes family. LOL

CHAT in the Attic....anyone and everyone welcome to join in the fun with our group!


Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Elizabeth A. said...

Mikey~ What? No more DADGAD??

Emma will be home early from school so she'll be watching as well..she loves to hear you play, and has requested Plasticine.......OR Feel My Heat, we love those!
See you then!
Take good care~
Elizabeth A

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

Hey Mikey!!!!
Im having a great day...and I dont know why???
Take a look at my last post on Rachel's Blog about a Christmas CD. I really think its a great idea and you guys should record the Christmas songs thru a soundboard and put the on a cd so we can have it for Christmas morning. I think Pete would like the idea.
Oh yeah do you tune up with this tuning????

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Tom Pratt said...

Mikey, thanks for slipping us the answer about the magic tuning! (nice comment Justin! you get extra points for the Beatles Anthology reference).

I thought I'd invented my own tuning by adapting one from the book that you have, but then I learned that some English folk players and Jimmy Page had both used it before - No wonder I like it so much.

I found it by trying the straight D tuning from the book: DADF#AD which is very nice, but I decided I wanted it in E, so I changed it to: EBEG#BE and used the same chord forms that they show in the book for the D tuning. Even better, I tried the tuning on my 12 string and 12 string electric guitars and really loved it! Of course those chord forms in the book are only a beginning and it took me hours of messing around - but I came up with songs right away.

Note: If you do use this on a 12 string, be very careful when tuning the higher of the two "G" strings up to "G#" on the acoustic because the string can break, you may need to use a smaller gage "B" string in place of the usual "G" to make it work.

Hey, ask Pete this question: Isn't it true that if you raise the pitch of the strings too much above the "normal" tuning it creates extra tension that can hurt the guitar neck?

I'd be really interested to know if it's something that you or he worry about at all.

I love all of your songs, so it's hard to pick a request, but maybe you could play one live that you only played on video before (like Bluebell Wood), that way it would be a new arrangement. Just a thought.

Have fun with the new tunings,


Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Gary said...

Hi Mikey,
I had a question re; special tunings. When you retune a guitar and make say a D chord formation, what is that chord considered? Is it still a D, that's my only reservation about using exotic tunings, I'd never know exactly what I was playing.

Is there any easy way to figure that out?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Storm said...

Hi Mikey!

Could you please consider playing 'White Stripes' again? I love all your songs, but that one is one of my favorites.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger AndyW said...

Too much changing of tuning on a guitar will wear the strings out quicker. As far as stress on the neck, most modern guitars have truss rods which should limit excessive bowing of the neck. Most guys that do a lot of alternate tuning will have a different guitar for each tuning. That way they're not constantly re-tuning and stressing the strings.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

You must play feel my heat.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Blogger brightonrock said...


sorry its been a while. ran into you at the Bedford. Meant too drop you a line already but here we are. Fantastic night that was. I was talking to you about Brighton West pier fires and all that and getting you down to play in the pub etc...

anyway - I'd love to make the basement too but I may be too late and too busy - I'm on the road again myself. But anyway I just put up a very small blog myself so i can join in. I must try and post an mp3 of my "pier" song if i can.

Missed the last 2 weeks shows and can't watch this week either - boo hoo!

so talk soon


Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Blogger Bri said...

Love you, Mikey! Sorry to have to have missed these last two Attics, but I trust and pray there will be more. And I can catch 'em on the loop or DVD or somehow. I am a faithful Attic'er, and I love you guys unabashedly.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Blogger DeepEnd said...

mikey luv u guys on the show its really down to earth and makes us all feel like were part of the group, cant wait for the basement jam...hey I left a note on rachels blog see if u guys can work up a little version of TATTOO
u simon and pete or whoever with rachel doing the harmonizing would sound awesome...U GUYS ROCK!!!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hi Mikey - I justed wanted to say I enjoyed watching In the Attic with all of you. I am flying over from the States for the December 4th studio show and I hope I get to meet you. I think your very talent along with Rachel and you guys are very fun to watch.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hey bloggers, sorry I didn't get to play all the songs you wanted, and I'm sorry if I haven't answered any questions here, I hope you'll ask again if you really want to know, there's so many great idea's, its hard to keep track.
Made it up to the studio without a hitch this time, thanks the stars, although I didn't realise that we were running before we walked in, that was funny. I've been watching the loop, and really enjoy it. It's a shame that that was the last show, although there is the Basement Jam on the 4th December, and then the Christmas show, where you meet Rene. Anyway, thanks again for all the great comments, you have made this time very special.
Take care bloggers.

Friday, November 25, 2005  
Blogger Kyle Weber said...

I realize that I'm just a few years late with this, but if you were ever trying anything out with the CGDGBD tuning, I would suggest learning Departure by Kotaro Oshio. It's an instrumental song and there is a pretty nice tab for it here on blogspot;

It's a really fun song to play.

Thursday, February 24, 2011  

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