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The High Strung or Nashville Tuning Guitar isn't necessarily a specific type of guitar but rather a guitar that has been strung with different strings. The tuning of the guitar is exactly the same as a normal guitar in standard tuning. However, the low E, low A and D strings are replaced with strings that have the guage of the higher three strings. Strings 6, 5, and 4 are then tuned in higher octaves to get this bright, high sound. The best way to describe this sound is as if you removed the low strings from a 12 string guitar.

This sound isn't a requirement to get your blues license. It's a unique choice to get a tone that is a throwback to the older days of blues when each musician had his own homeade tuning.

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Instructor Andy Gurley
Blues Tone: Guitars