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--- Mar 13 2001 Go to category
Subject: Sirabhorn
Category: Composing
From: Bill Polits (Richmond, CA)

Greetings to Pat (or whomever reads this). I'm curious if the head to "Sirabhorn" from "Bright Size Life" is played in an alternate tuning? The only way I could get it to work is by raising the B string to C. I'd really appreciate it if you could let me know.

It's a great tune and I find it's spirit hauntingly beautiful.

Many Thanks.

Pat’s Answer:

hi bill,

if you are referring to the way it was originally recorded on "bright size life" - yes, not only a weird tuning, but on a 12 string.

all of the pairs of strings were tuned with the second (lower) of the two tuned down a 5th. the same tuning was used on that record on "midwestern nights dream". however, both of them can be played just fine on a regular guitar tuned a regular way. you just would get a less "clustery" sound.

best from pat