Nashville tuning (high strung)

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This article is about a tuning for six-string guitar. For the steel guitar tuning, see E9 tuning.

Nashville or high strung tuning refers to the practice of replacing the wound E, A, D and G strings on a six-string guitar with lighter gauge strings to allow tuning an octave higher than standard.[1] This is usually achieved by using one string from each of the six courses of a twelve string set, using the higher string for those courses tuned in octaves.

The Pink Floyd song "Hey You" from the album The Wall and the Kansas song "Dust in the Wind" [2] from their Point of Know Return album are notable for using this form of guitar tuning. In "Hey You" David Gilmour actually replaced the low E string with a second high E (not a 12-string set low E octave) such that it was actually two octaves up. The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" also features both a 12-string guitar played by Keith Richards and a guitar with Nashville tuning played by Mick Taylor. James Williamson uses Nashville tuning on "Gimme Danger"[3] on Raw Power by the Stooges. Elliott Smith used a variant of Nashville tuning with a twelve string guitar on XO for the song "Tomorrow Tomorrow." [4]

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