James Taylor Sweetened Tunings for Guitar

Kathy and I went to hear James Taylor this summer at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Great concert. And his guitars sound so good.

The next day or so I went to his website and watched his instructional videos. How to play his songs. And then…I found this instructional video by James Taylor on Sweetened Tunings or Tempered Tunings.

One video in particular James Taylor’s YouTube channel, he discusses tuning the guitar slightly flat to compensate for fretting notes and better runing across different keys. He has figured out a system of relative tuning, sweetened tuning or tempered tuning to make a guitar “sound” in tune.  I am not usually happy with mu guitar sound by tuning my guitar with a digital tuner and end up messing with the B, E and e and then on and on it goes.

James Taylor has figured out how to tune each string slightly flat; each by a particular number of cents. For this to work for those of you playing at home, you’d need a tuner that displays cents.  A cent is one one-hundredth of a half step. Each half step being divided into 100 equal parts.

Here is the formula from the video:

E    A   D   G  B  e
-12 -10 -8 -4 -6 -3

Peterson Tuners have a sweetened tuning setting that compensates for you.  Peterson tuners are top of the line.  I used a Peterson Strobe tuner as a band director. Go to their website for more information http://www.petersontuners.com

Watch the James Taylor video!


Free 2013 Summer Concerts!

Here are some free concerts in the Houston area for this summer-2013.  For information about summer 2013 music lessons click on the tabs above toward the right.  If you want to add more please do by commenting on this blog page. I’ll update the list.

Discovery Green NGEN Radio Boomin’ Concerts- Tuesday nights in July at 7pm.  Beginning July 16.

Kemah Boardwalk – Rock The Docks. All summer. Thursdays – 630-10:15pm Beginning May 6.

Woodlands Waterway Square – Saturday nights in June 6-8 pm

Pier 21 Galveston Island

Moody Gardens bands in the sand-not free but family friendly.

Hempstead Watermelon Festival – Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Rosehill and Brian Loftin bands performing.

Miller Outdoor Theater-music, theater, kids programs.

The Houston Symphony Summer Concert Series- usually at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, Miller Outdoor Theater.

  • July 13-A Day of Music-downtown Free!

Hot Nights Cool Tunes –  Downtown Brenham Texas. Saturday nights. Bring chairs and sit on the town square. Food and bev available.

Vintage Park Houston-Live music check their calendar.

Tomball-downtown events.

I have openings for summer 2013 music lessons. Please check the tabs on the top of this page for more information. – Larry

The Doobie Brothers and Chicago in Concert…Nice!

My family bought tickets for me to hear The Doobie Brothers and Chicago in concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Nice! Beautiful place.  They played really well.  At the end they teamed up and played an additional set of songs together.  Really fun!  These guys can really play. You know, you begin thinking that all they can play is their set list because that is all that you hear them play. This is far from true. I really enjoyed their show and their playing.  Go see them if you get the opportunity. Always a great show.

P.S. Now if the sound system at the pavilion could be set correctly before the second half of the show.  That was the only dissappointing point of the evening.