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Just can’t resist trying something else. I bought a 12 string – let battle commence!

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Jim

Ways to Tune a 12-String Guitar

The huge bulk of guitar players play a 6 string guitar in basic E tuning. It’s a relatively standard, direct affair that the majority of master rapidly.

The benefit of a 12-string guitar is that it produces a fuller noise than a 6 string and opens a broader spectrum of tone.

A number of brave souls endeavor into the world of the 12-string guitar, which opens up an entire brand-new can of worms.

Let’s clean up a few of the secret behind the 12-string by taking a look at how they are tuned.

Due to the fact that there is double the number of strings, altering strings and tuning up is more of a difficulty.

First set – E E.

The strings on a 12-string can be taken a look at in “sets”. Each set of strings is tuned to a note that refers the 6 notes that a basic 6 string is tuned to. Here is exactly what the sets of strings appear like:.

When forming chords due to the broader neck and additional strings, the down side is that they can be more challenging to play.

2nd set – B B.

3rd set – G G.

4th set – D D.

5th set – A A.

6th set – E E.

Within each set of strings on a 12-string guitar are 2 strings that are either in “unison”, or an “octave” of each other.

As you can see, the tuning of the “sets” corresponds the tuning of the private string notes on a 6 string guitar.

Second Pair – These 2 strings are tuned to “B”, in unison, and are both similar in gauge.

First Pair – These 2 strings are both tuned to the high “E” in unison (the very same), and both strings equal in gauge (density).

3rd Pair – These are both tuned to “G”, however are “octaves” of each other. In addition, the greater octave string is a much lighter (thinner) gauge than the lower.

In a nutshell, on a 12-string guitar, the very first 2 sets (E & B) are tuned in unison and are the very same gauge strings.

The staying 4 sets are all tuned to octaves and the greater octave string is a thinner gauge string than the lower.

Sixth Pair – These are both tuned to “E” and are octaves of each other. The greater octave string is a lighter gauge than the lower.

Fourth Pair – These are both tuned to “D” and are octaves of each other. The greater octave string is a lighter gauge than the lower.

Fifth Pair – These are both tuned to “A” and are octaves of each other. The greater octave string is a lighter gauge than the lower.

Tuning a 12-string guitar is a bit more involved than its 6-string equivalent, however for lots of, the additional effort is well worth it in regards to the included measurement of noise.

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10 thoughts on “Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons – 12 String Guitar
  1. Old School Blues Guitar says:

    I got a really nice Guild 12-String for $600 a couple years ago – only now getting a real feel for it. You have to play it much more “gently” – to get the best sound. It also took some time to get the “right strings” for it. I play Blind Willie, McTell and Leadbelly, but my favorite is Robert Jr. Lockwood – his stuff his amazing! Very cool!

  2. Steven Koehler says:

    Hi Jim-Thanks for this. Some good food for thought. You mention “touch” on the 12 string. If you haven’t heard him, I recommend listening to DIck Rossmini. He had a beautiful touch on the 12 string.

  3. coltrane2323 says:

    Hey, what kind of fingerpicks do you use>

  4. Dr. Benton Quest says:

    Mr. Bruce is the man.

  5. Metody89 says:

    Mr. Jim,

    After nearly year of playing what do you think about your 12 string? I thinking about buying one, but I’m not sure. I kind of in same place as you are, played 6 string whole life. I’d love to hear some follow up. Was it worth it? Are you using it?

  6. Daniel Wright says:

    What did you start playing at 3:00 do you have a lesson for it?

  7. Shane says:

    If you want to hear some great old time blues 12-string playing (by a white guy no less) search “Mike Russo pt 2”. Somewhere in that video is the only rendition of Lead Belly’s ‘Gallows Pole’ I’ve heard that sounds pretty damn close to what Lead Belly was doing. I was blown away when I found it. Your playing is awesome by the way.

  8. Home Pros says:

    i just bought one and i found out that a 12 sting is more for notes not strumming…..

  9. Rex Robards says:

    The closed-caption comments that are in this video are jibberish, and have nothing to do with what Bruce is actually saying on the screen. If you see them, turn them off by clicking the CC button in the lower right hand corner of the video.

  10. Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons - Jim Bruce says:

    Thanks so much for leaving comments. Checkout my complete lessons pack here

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