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F. A. Q.

Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions:

“I want to use your music in my project/singing/video etc.”

I have a whole page dedicated to usage rights, please read it before messaging me.

“I tried to play one of your arrangements and it sounds different from the video.” /Something about tuning, capo etc.”

Years ago as I was struggling with injury in my left hand I became very disappointed in the ergonomics of steel string acoustic guitars. This led me to different experimentations and ultimately I adopted DGCFAD, which is standard tuning whole tone (or full step) down as my standard tuning for acoustic guitar. If you put capo on the second fret you’ll be in the standard EADGBE tuning. Most of my arrangements utilize this tuning but if you want to play them without capo and changing tuning then just leave guitar in standard EADGBE and don’t use capo. However, I strongly recommend everyone to use my method for better ergonomics.

What this does is lowering tuning gives you a deeper tone (if you’re not using capo) and makes strings easier to press. It also makes switching to alternate tunings a bit easier.

Using capo is also a good idea as it is shortening the scale of the instrument making left hand stretches more comfortable.

I want to point out that a lot of decisions in guitar building come not from critical thought but from simply following established traditions and there is nothing wrong with experimenting and finding things that work better for you. It’s important to keep in mind that playing musical instruments is not something that is natural or healthy for our bodies and we need to put some thought into what and how we play in order to make it more natural and healthy.