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On 1/11/2022 at 2:29 PM, Stewart Schmidt said:

had you wanted to play in Bb, why didn't you just tune the guitar down a step from C or up a half-step from A?

 

I've never wanted to play in any particular key.

 

I've played 12-string exclusively for 50 years and, for the past 30-odd, I permanently downtune 2 semitones (equivalent to DGCFAD).  This makes it easier to play and better suits my lower-with-age vocal range.  

 

Learning finger-picked blues/bluegrass tunes in my teens, I never came across the requirement for barre chords ... instead all the shapes were based around chords that allowed the fullest range of open-string notes.  While the pitch may be a 'flat' key, I use more finger-pick-friendly chords along with a capo.

 

My songs have used every chord known to man (and woman) and song sections often include them, but I've never started a song with any of the concert-pitch 'flat' chords.  

 

Greg

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Capos are your friend…

 

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