Major thirds F#-A#-D-F#-A#-D Perhaps the best major-thirds (M3) tuning for beginners. It best approximates the standard tuning (raising the low E and lowering the high E by only 2 semitones) and so can use standard strings. Each M3 tuning packs the 12 notes of the octave into 4 consecutive frets; consequently each of three hand-positions (frets 1-4, 5-8, 9-12) plays two octaves, reducing hand-stretching. M3 tunings are useful for young players, women, and others with smaller hands. This M3 tuning minimizes pinky-usage, giving it only the natural note D. The consecutive natural notes (E-F and B-C) are played by the 1st-third fingers, simplifying fingerings for beginners. As in all M3 tunings, notes are raised an octave by shifting by three strings. Thus chords are inverted by shifting by strings on the same same frets! As with other M3 tunings, the four-fret hand-positions make it possible to play dominant sevenths, without resorting to ad hockeries---like the second inversion drop-2 fingering for a C7 that standard tuning forces on guitarists unable to span 6 frets. Like other regular tunings (e.g., all fourths and all fifths), M3 tuning has regular chords that can be moved around the fretboard. Guitarists don't need to worry about the irregular B-string of standard tuning, which forces standard guitarists to memorize three major-fingerings!
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