Hello there, groupies, all three of you I want to announce some news for all those who play their guitars in Perfect Fourths tuning or P4.
The site is in the works, it will be dedicated only to P4 tuning, and will contain articles, resources, adaptations of scales, chords, diagrams, lessons, and transcriptions. It's a "free hosted" wordpress website so I'm a little limited, but you'll have to excuse me, I'm not in a situation to finance a full blown website for now. There are so few resources on the net, I think any additional resource is a good thing to have handy.
I'll try to post high quality articles regularly, as I'm currently the only person in the administration of the website, and it is not a simple task, with only a limited free time amount.
Lessons will have following diagrams, patterns, chord shapes, all in a very good quality, made by me from scratch. If I'm not able to make the Photoshop/PDF HQ files, I'll at least make them by hand, on some freely available sheet music/diagram templates.
Some lessons I'm writing right now, some adaptations based on a very famous piano pattern book, will have paid premium content, some additional sheet music, notation & PDF files, but it will be in range from $1 to $3, that I think it's fair, since I spent a lot of hours in front of the PC making those and it's just not fair to me to give it all out for free. The quality is very professional, by my opinion, and I bet you'll agree.
Along with the additional PDF, the paid pack will contain all the images contained in the lesson in a VERY good quality, 300dpi resolution, ready to be printed out in an excellent guitar-book quality. The regular freebie diagrams/scales/chords/whatever will be in low quality, just enough to be readable and understandable.
I am making those paid packs because all the money from that, if any, will be spent on the website, hosting, advertising, and in the future, if all goes well - payment for other authors that will be willing to contribute with a high quality lesson/article/transcription!
The point of me writing this post is - I want you to suggest, tell me what you think about the whole website idea, will you register on such a website, or just visit regularly or subscribe, am I being fair with the pricing for the premium content, will you buy it? hahah
Hello there, I'm Zivko Kondic - Zhille, and I'm a founder of this group and an alternate tuning user. I've been using the P4 for a while, and I've written an overview introductory lesson on my guitar blog on blogspot. I'd like to share it with you.
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How to tune in P4?
You tune all strings like you tune the
first four, making the open above string sound like the note on the 5th
fret of the lower string. Thus, in “standard P4” you get E, A, D, G, C and F.
So, notes on the open top two strings are a half step higher then on
the standard tuning. It’s like playing in ordinary tuning, but when you
play on the top 2 strings, you move everything one fret back. My
current tuning is B P4, and the notes are B – E – A – D – G – C, that is why I called the E P4 tuning – Standard P4
It needs time to get used to, but I will explain the reasons why this tuning can become a very nice thing in further text.
So, what do I gain by tuning my guitar in Perfect Fourths?
1 – Intervals are consistent visually.
intervals are fretted the same on every string set. In standard tuning
you have two variations of every interval, that are dependent on
whether the second string is involved, and often variations of
different intervals look the same. In P4 that is not the case. The
fifth of the current note is ALWAYS two frets up on the higher string.
Minor 3rd is always two frets down on the higher string, and so on.