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Special Guitar Tunings

Over more than 50 years of writing songs, Chet has amassed a very valuable collection of guitar tunings that he has created for use with his songs. He is guessing he has over 100 tunings used for his songs. Many of them are also used when he plays slide and bottle-neck guitar. He has agreed to post them to the site and we are waiting to get the first batch of them and will share them as they come in. He has also collected many other tunings he has learned from other artists that he is going to share, too. CLICK HERE to be taken to the "Guitar Tunings" page. Chet is adding new tunings on a regular basis when time allows.


I've been asked to share my guitar tunings and post them at my site. I am happy to do it. So, bear with me as I load them a little-bit at a time, as there are many of them.

I started creating the tunings back in 1965 when I started playing lap-slide guitar. So, I have tunings that are meant for playing slide guitar, many are unique and some are the standard "open tunings" we all know about. Interestingly enough, when you take these standard tunings and make note adjustments (and sometime STRING adjustments), you can create some very interesting tunings, so don't be afraid to experiment.

Some players prefer a few tunings and stick to them because they will place the "slide" on a particular finger. I will play with the slide on different fingers per the demands of the fingering of the notes or chords played on a particular song. So, sometimes, the slide is on my little finger, then I might use my "ring" finger, I use my middle finger and my index finger the process varies per the song. At times, I will basically play chords and add a slide section or accent runs while playing chords.

I prefer glass slides and ceramic slides with a baked finish in them, although I will use brass or steal "slides".

I like to make my own slides from wine bottles and use a process of scoring the top of a wine bottle (at different lengths) combined with twine soaked in gas that is wrapped around the wine bottles to help create a cracking zone. All of this is ALWAYS done outside and with great care.....just a little gas on the twine that has been tightly wrapped at the break point works fine. I often will repeat the string burn a few times before I do the "break". So, take care, IF you try this. There are some very nice bottle-shaped glass slides available, so look into those. Needless to say, I have a healthy collection of slides. Moreover, some slides are better for electric guitars and some are best for use with acoustic instruments......

Aside from the "slide tunings", I create a lot of tunings that do not incorporate the use of a slide. I create as unique sonic solutions to what I am trying to get out of the guitar that supports the song. I also have 3-5 different sonic "sections" in a song that are subtle, but very effective is supporting the lyrics, melody and structure of the song. Tunings have provided me with the tools to create incredibly dynamic guitar parts that make the guitar sound like multiple guitars played at once.

I hope these tid-bits give you a bit more insight into tunings and creating them.

This all takes me to the "how-in-the-heck-do-I-remember-all-the-fingering-patterns" question. I have a blank chord sheet with many blank finger-board chord images on I can fill these sheets up with the fingering patterns, so I can remember many are very intricate. If you'd like this from, use the email on the site and send us your info and we will send one to you.

Cheers and Happy Picking!







"Tell Me What The Count Is"

6 5 4 3 2 1


"Waving Prairie"  


"Smother You" 


"Inventors Of Living"


"Latern Tree"


"Song Of The Lark"


"My Baby's Bringing In The Dough"


"The Second Coming"




"I'll See You In The Sun"


"Lonely Woman" (CAPO up to A)

EBAEAE (Capo up 5)


"Inventors Of Living"


"Who Stole The Ivy"

EBGDAD (Capo up 6)


Here are more:

Standard C                 : C -F -A# -D# - G – C

Standard B.               : B-E-A-D-F#-B

James Taylor             : E (-12c) – A (-10c) – D (-8c) – G (-4c) – B (-6c) – E (E-3c)

Open G Minor.          : D-G-D-G-A#-D

Open E Minor.   C.   : E-B-E-G-B-E

Open C Minor.        : C-G-C-G-C-D#

New Standard.        : C-G-D-A-E-G

Drop B.                     :  B-F#-B-E-G#-C#

Open E.                    : E-B-E-G#-B-E

Drop C.                     : C-G-C-F-A-D

Whole Step Down.  : D=C=G=F=A=D

Half-Step Down.      : D#-G#=C#=F#=A#=D#

D Modal.                   : D-A-D-G-A-D

Open G.                    : D-G-D-G-B-D

Low C                        : C-G-D-G-A-D

Open C.                   :  C-G-C-G-C-E

Open A minor.          : E-A-E-A-C-E

Open A.                    : E-A-C#-E-A-E

Open D Minor.         :  D-A-D-F-A-D

Open D Major.         :  D-A-D-F#-A-D

Double Drop D         : D-A-D-G-B-D

Drop D                      : D-A-D-G-B-E-

Standard.                 :  E-A-D-G-B-E







"The Beetles Are Coming" 


"Lumbering Mountain" 


"The Offing"


"The Ballard Of Diamond Joe"


"Water Sand Castles


"Smother You"




"Tell Me What The Count Is"


"Miles And Miles"


"If You Find A Light"


"Penny's Song (The Wedding Song)"


"Red Tide"


"Lady Of Lady"


"Ocean Craft"


"Waving Prairie"


"Wild Honey"


"Dreamer's Dream"


"Cloud Show"


"Summer Land"


"Inventors Of Living"



Open "G" tuning...tuned up a whole-step (to "A")


Standard tuning


Instrumental: Jazz-Pop-New Age-Acoustic. CLICK ON THE PICTURE to go to this album's main page.

Single: My Town At Christmas

Happy to share the news that ... Chet's song, "My Town At Christmas", just slid into the "#1 Christmas song slot". Oh, what be #1!

Give the song a listen as you follow along wth the lyrics.

Also, if you buy a music file copy for your music collection and help support Chet's musical endeavors, you can pick out a second song and we will send it to you as a FREE GIFT.  So, climb aboard the sleigh and have a slice of Fruit Cake or some Jelly Roll with all the cast of characters in this song.

My Town At Christmas

Chet Nichols

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Chet's fun and upbeat, rock 'n' roll "classic" is now available, again, with all-new production. It will have you dancing the "Conga" round the Christmas Tree!

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    My Town At Christmas (719-No Intro)

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Chet's "classic" rock 'n' roll Christmas song is back. All wrapped up in a new production package!

CD: Twilight Journals (2018)

Twilight Journals

Chet Nichols

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A collection of Original, Singer-Songwriter, Alt. Pop, Jazz, Folk-Rock and Blues.

All lyrics & music by Chet Nichols. Instrumentation, arrangements, vocals, production, mixing and recording by Chet Nichols

Copyrights by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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"Twilight Journals" (2018) by Chet Nichols CLICK ON THE PICTURE above and you will be taken to the album's main page where you will find more "in-depth" info about this collection of songs. All lyrics & music by Chet Nichols. Instrumentation, arrangements, vocals, production, mixing and recording by Chet Nichols Copyrights by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CD: The Last Riders On Route 66 (2018)

CD: Nazareth (2017)

CD: The Apocalypse (2016)

CD: Beetles Are Coming (2015)

CD: Music From Trees (2016)

CD: Earth River (due 2018)

CD: I Was Dreaming (2015)

CD: The Band In The Basement (2014)

CD: Seeds (2015)

CD: Walking in Circles (2014)

CD: Bricks (2015)

CD: Peak To Peak (2013)

CD: Sunday Morning (2012)

CD: Prairie Harvest (2009)

CD: Earthways (2008)

CD: Paradise Unplugged (2009)

CD: Cross Country (2007)

CD: Red Mesa Sunset (2004)

CD: Modern Progress

CD: Lucky Man

CD: Solos

CD: Taxi To Tonganoxie

CD: Black & White (Live)

CD: Waving Prairie

CD: Time Loop

SONG: The Spirits Of Christmas

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How To Order A "Custom Collection" Of Your Favorite Songs

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