A big advantage with open tunings is that you’ll be able to play chords and melodies more easily, letting the strings ring and getting richer sounds that would be really hard to get with a standard tuning. This is true at the beginning, but later onthings will become more challenging and rewarding even for seasoned professionals. Using different tunings from time to time you’ll often find new ideas when you compose your music, either studying new positions or merely by chance, because you’ll be forced to think outside your usual frame of mind. Some players employ a particular open tuning as their own “standard tuning”, like Pierre Bensusan with his DADGAD, giving his music a distinctive sound. This book will try to bring you into different sonic landscapes, hopefully leading you to quickly learn new tunes and having fun in the process.