Michael Hedges Guitar Tunings
Michaels guitar tunings are cleverly presented in a searchable tunings database at Stropes Editions, Ltd. (Let us all give thanks to John Stropes for deciding to post it and Don Adams for the tenacity to code all those gazillion subscripted numerals!) But before you run over there and stock up on tunings, Id like to say something I think needs saying about Michaels tunings.
All too often I get e-mail from folks telling me theyve learned such and such a Hedges tune with nothing but the tuning. Even something as complex as Aerial Boundaries. But then when I ask questions such as, So, you got the upstroke with the thumb in measures 45 and 46 while the other two voices are going?, or, So, you got the right hand pinky muting on the upstrokes in the bridge on Jitterboogie? I get blank stares. My point is that Michaels music is so rich and full of brilliant nuances which are essential to the musics execution that youre not likely to get it all without a perfect transcription. And while the available videos help, dont fool yourselftheres more going on than you can see. You are likely to pluck out what your ears and hands are ready for, but not necessarily the full depth of whats really there. So if youre going to invest the time to learn Michaels tunes, you ought to do it right so you get the most out of it. As Michael once said about learning to play other peoples music, the path to yourself may be through others. But if you agree with that notion, do it right and check out Michael Hedges/Rhythm, Sonority Silence or any of the individual transcriptions of Michaels music transcribed by John Stropes. The mans passion is to make this music accessible to the rest of us and he does so with total accuracy and incredible insight. In many ways, he knows Michaels music better than Michael.
On the other hand, if youre looking for tunings to jump start you onto something of your own or to take Michaels tunes in a radically different direction in the same way he does with other folks music, then bon voyage!