Tunings

Tunings Database

So many people write to me to ask for the tunings that certain pieces are in. I’ve always been reluctant to go public with a tuning list because I have never wanted people to think that I was writing music only for guitarists.

I consider my music simply to be the work of a composer who composes most of the time for the guitar.

But, I’m finally caving in to the demand and offer here a compendium of the tunings for every piece I’ve ever recorded on one of my solo albums. Have fun!! -Don

  • 39 Weeks DADGBD
  • A Child Must Grow DADGCE
  • A Million Brazilian Civilians C G Eb F Bb D
  • Afraid to Dance EBDEBE
  • Annie and Martin AEADEA (baritone). On PS 15: DADGAD (standard pitched guitar)
  • Another Island of Women G#EADF#B (baritone)
  • Any Colour But Blue DAEF#AE
  • Au Jardin d’Amour DADGAD (capo 2)
  • August on the Island EADGBE
  • Because It’s There HARP: G Bb A C D G  Guitar: EADEAD
  • Berkley Springs FACFCF
  • Betcha By Golly Wow HARP: G# A B C# D G  Guitar: EADGBE
  • Big Buck DADGBE (Huron Street: AEADF#B: baritone)
  • Big Steps in Little Shoes DBbDFBbF (6th retunes down to Bb for last section)
  • Black Chandelier EBEF#BE
  • Blue Bear EADGBE
  • Bluefinger EADGBE
  • Brand New Day DADGAD
  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette… ADBDEBE (7-string)
  • Brooke’s Waltz CGCGAD
  • Bruyere CGDGAD
  • Bubble Radio EBDEBF#
  • Can’t Find My Way Home AEBDEAE (7-string)
  • Carolan’s Quarrel… EGCGBD (capo 2)
  • Catherine DADGAD (Huron Street: AEADEA: baritone)
  • Corvos FADGBE
  • Coventry Carol AEADGBE (7-string; capo across top 5 strings at fret 5)
  • Crazy CGCGBbC
  • Cup of Pop EbGEbFBbD (retune to low C and then back up to Eb on string 6)
  • Don’t Feel Your Touch DADGBE
  • Dracula II Mikrokosmos G#F#A#BF#C# (baritone)
  • Dracula and Friends (Part One) CGCFBbD
  • Dracula and Friends (Part Two) G#F#A#BF#C# (baritone)
  • Elevation Music CGCFBbD
  • Enka DADGCD
  • Everybody Lies DADEAE (capo 2) (no capo on A Million Brazilian Civilians)
  • Fader Jones BF#A#BF#C# (baritone)
  • First Nowell CGCGCE
  • First Ride FACGCE
  • Fleetstep Choreography DADGBE
  • From France to India CFDGBE
  • Ginger and Fred DADGBE
  • Give Me Seven Reasons AEADEBE (7-string)
  • Goby Fish DADGBD
  • God Rest Ye Merry EBEGBE
  • Godzilla C#G#D#EBE
  • Goodbye Kelly Goodbye GBDGBD (dobro)
  • Groovy Sunflowers CBbDGCD
  • Head and Heart BEADF#B (Baritone standard)
  • Hoover the Musical Dog FACFCF
  • How to Eat an Avalanche DADGCE
  • Huron Carol BEADGBE (7-string)
  • I Think of You CEADF#B (baritone)
  • If I Could CGDGBE
  • In from the Cold CGDGBC
  • In the Bleak Midwinter DADGBE (Dobro: DADGAD)
  • Island of Women C#ADGBE
  • Is-Ought Controversy DADGBE (capo 3)
  • It’s Fun Being Lucky EADGBE
  • Jerry’s Front Porch EADGBE (Dobro: GBDGBD)
  • Jesse Helms’ Night in Havana EADGBE
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring EADGBE
  • June DADGBE (capo 3)
  • Kehewin DADGAD
  • King Street Suite EADGBE (Huron Street: BEADF#B: baritone)
  • Klimbim BF#C#F#BF#
  • Leger de Main DGDGBE (Dobro: GBDGBD)
  • Little Giants DGDGBD
  • Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming AEBC#EAE (7-string)
  • Loaded, Leather, Moonroof CGCGCC
  • Love Will a Way DADGBD
  • Lucy Watusi DACFCD
  • Marie HARP: G Ab Bb C Eb F Guitar: Bb G Eb F Bd D
  • Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long EADGBE
  • Meanwhile Road AEABCDE (7-string)
  • Michael, Michael, Michael CGCGBbC
  • Midnight March EACGCD
  • My Previous Life EbGDGBbD
  • Never Got to Pernambuco EADGBE
  • New Aaron DADGBE (capo 2)
  • No Goodbyes BEADF#B (baritone)
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel BEADGBE (7-string)
  • Obrigado (Egberto) FADFAE (capo 2) (This Dragon Won’t Sleep)
  • Obrigado (Egberto) CEACEB (capo 2) (Breakfast for Dogs)
  • Oh Baby EADGBE (capo 2)
  • Once in Royal David’s City DADGBE (capo 3)
  • Pacing the Cage FADGCE
  • Patmos CFCGCC
  • Red Ships Take Off in the Distance EADGBE
  • Robot Monster BF#ADF#B (baritone)
  • Rockbarra CGEbFGBb
  • Run, Don’t Walk DACGCE
  • Self Portrait DADGBE
  • Seven Seven Four Bb G Eb F Bb D
  • Silent Night EADGBE
  • Silversmith DACGCF
  • Slow Burn DACGCF
  • So Little Time CGEbFBbD
  • So Much Time CGEbFBbD
  • Spirit Wars EADF#BE
  • Stop Driving, Start Playing FACFCE
  • Sugar CGCGCC
  • Sweet Sister AEACDGE (7-string)
  • That’ll Be The Phone CGDGBD
  • The Thing That Came From Somewhere EADGBE
  • Thin Air DADEAE
  • This Dragon Won’t Sleep CEbEbFCD (6 retunes to Bb in middle)
  • Three Hands DACFCF
  • Tierra Maya DADGAD
  • Tight Trite Night BEADF#B (baritone standard tuning)
  • Tochigi DAEF#AE
  • Upright and Locked Position CGEbFBbD
  • Voyageur CADGBE
  • Wall of Glass DADFCE (Brooke tunes to DADGCE on the duo version)
  • Wave From Your Window DACFCF
  • What Child Is This? EADGBE
  • With You In Mind EBDGBE
  • Yoyomama AADEAE
  • Zarzuela EADGAE

Duets on “the thing that came from somewhere” with Andy McKee

  • Spirit of the West – Don: EADGBE (capo 2) Andy: DADF#AD
  • Rylynn – Don: AEADF#B (baritone, partial capo 5) Andy: ECDGAD (partial capo 5)
  • Dolphins – Don: DADGBE Andy: EADGBE
  • Tight Trite Night – Don: EADGAE Andy: BEADF#B (baritone)
  • Ebon Coast – Don: EADGBE (capo 2) Andy: BEADF#B (baritone)
  • With You in Mind – Don: BEADF#B (baritone) Andy: BEADF#B (baritone)
  • Klimbim – Don: EADGBE (capo 2) Andy: BF#C#F#BF#

Duets on “12:34” with Calum Graham

  • Indivisible – Don: CGDGBE (Capo 5) Calum: FACGCE
  • It Is What It Is – Don: EbAbEbEbAbEb Calum: AbEbAbEbAbAb (Baritone)
  • Hey Ya – Don: CEGDGB (Baritone) Calum: DADGBE
  • Waiting – Don: DbAbDbGbBbEb (Baritone) Calum: DbAbEbFAbEb
  • The Is-Ought Controversy – Don: DADGBE (Capo 3) Calum: CFCFAD
  • The First Ride – Don: ACGCE Calum: CGCFCE
  • Lucy Watusi – Don: DADGAD Calum: DACFCD
  • Three Way Street – Don: EADGBE (Capo 1) Calum: CG#D#FCC#
  • 12:34 – Don: DF#ADGBE (7-string) Calum: DGDF#AD