Nashville Tuning And How To Set It Up On An Acoustic Guitar

Technique: Acoustic Guitar Nashville Tuning

Nashville tuning is one of the classic "best kept secrets" of studio guitarists, and can add a beautiful, shimmering high-end to acoustic or electric rhythm guitar parts. Far from being a complicated alternate tuning, Nashville tuning simply requires the use of the "thin strings" from a 12-string guitar set, tuned as normal.

That results in B and E strings at standard pitch and the remaining four strings tuned an octave higher. It's a trick used in songs like Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones and Hey You by Pink Floyd among many others.

Artist Shawn Persinger demonstrates how to use Nashville tuning on acoustic guitar and explains how to get that ethereal sound for doubled rhythm guitars and a gorgeous "pseudo dulcimer" effect for picked sections.

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Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate Acoustic Guitar

Whether performing in the studio or live on stage, playing electric or acoustic, I need my guitar strings to feel fresh, smooth, fast and stay in tune. Elixir® Strings do all that and more!Shawn Persinger

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Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB® Coating, 12-string Light Gauge
Electric Nickel Plated Steel with OPTIWEB® Coating, Light Gauge

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