we can’t reason someone out of a tuning that they didn’t start from reason, in the first place.

the teacher told. they tuned. didn’t know anything better.

the simplest solution isn’t often the best solution? as long as it works? simple but not too simple, Complex as needed but not involving unnecessary steps just for the sake of a difference?

do we need to change something that’s working fine to begin with?

so, like we said, reason may not have much to do with the carnatic 8step jump, 1st 5th tuning.

To remember Sinek and his Why’s this is similar to a Windows or Mac situation. there is no need to argue. personal choice for whatever reason.

but… in the case of carnatic tuning, often the student starts with the tuning alteration, through the different strings, changing it to the tuning the teacher asks, only because the student doesn’t know any better

once they realize they can play chords and carnatic on the same tuning, well, they don’t remember the other tuning anymore.

Imagine the company owner who wanted an SEO audit, but insisted on being in the company premise if I accept. he can either listen to reason and let me do my work in my space, since going to his office is not an integral part OR keep insisting on something that is not valid or logical.

“Why do you use Moto… come use my …” no thanks

Why this woman, why not another, that will do nothing else but cook. What?

As reasonable people, before getting into this long journey of music, make sure you do a cost benefit analysis, advantages and disadvantages clear. After all even for a less than $100 purchase, we look at comparisons. Don’t jump into closed situations just because someone tells you to do so or based on untested hypotheses.

we are smarter than that.

Let us say there’s someone who uses a drop D tuning or another tuning for a final sound reason, as a reasonable playing decision… then he or she knows why they are doing it and there is an advanatege to the new tuning on a cost benefit analysis.

else, stay on the tuning that so many Masters have been using for so long

acknowledge the guitar part.

tuning only changes things on the zeroeth fret. you still need to do all the strategy and tactics horizontally on the strings.

the string jump is changed in the tuning alteration. if there is no other reason. the existing standard tuning already has so many scalepatterns very comfortably played, that will easily translate to Raga moves.

acknowledge the music and the instrument. tuning change just because the teacher knows nothing better or she doesnt’ play chords on her veena or violin is not a reason enough to go through all the unnecessary disadvantages you face when going away from standard tuning.

you need to know your fretboard, plan and strategize, regardless of the tuning.

stay where it is as long as it is working fine and build on it with chords and all kinds of positives available for the standard tuning operating system.

this 90 days to guitar that matters page was made a long time back, inspired by what I saw with my students, avoiding unnecessary junk for them etc.

You may find it useful to see some of the basics of standard tuned guitar that can be helpful for you to understand the fretboard, best practices etc.

If you haven’t already, get the foundation videos and other continued resources using the Raga leads resources page.

All the best.

p.s. Want to listen to Alaipayuthe on Acoustic Guitar and go through the complete detailed tabs and Western notation? All the gamakas have been hard coded into the notation so that there is no information lost or left to be guessed. Click to view.

Indian guitar, carnatic, rhythm and chords, finding chords, playing by ear etc(Click to see)
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