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Though Jimmy prefers the term ‘al­tered’ to ‘open’ tun­ings, some­times the ar­eas co­in­cide. Clas­sics like Kash­mir and Black Moun­tain Side fea­ture the clas­sic D-A-D-G-A-D (low to high), while That’s The Way was recorded in open G: D-G-D-G-B-D. Typ­i­cally, Jimmy doesn’t con­fine him­self to th­ese ‘reg­u­lar’ al­tered tun­ings – The Rain Song was recorded us­ing D-G-C-G-C-D (up a tone to E-A-D-A-D-E for the live ver­sion on The Song Re­mains The Same). Friends and Bron Yr Aur fea­ture an al­tered ver­sion of open C: C-A-C-G-C-E. More re­cently, Jimmy has been seen us­ing the Trans Per­for­mance sys­tem on a mod­i­fied Les Paul. This is an au­to­matic tun­ing sys­tem to al­low him to change tun­ings quickly without chang­ing guitars.

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