Guitar Workshop – An Introduction to Altered Tunings

With Wilson Noble

Many famous guitar players, bands and artists around the world have utilised altered tunings in their guitar playing, which often due to the difference in sounds and use of technique has allowed their guitar playing to stand out from others.  Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones, Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, Joni Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and John Renbourn are just a few of the famous guitar players that have all used altered tunings in their guitar playing, and often in their most famous recordings.

In this workshop, we will be exploring different ways to play the guitar using altered tunings.  We will be going on a journey from standard tuning (EADGBE) through three different altered tunings, allowing us to begin to explore the different sounds, techniques, styles, and resonance available to the guitar.

Some of the main reasons why guitar players choose to use altered tunings in their playing are to enhance the natural resonance of the guitar, for ease of playing (it can often be easier to play the guitar when the tuning is altered), and to play pieces of music that are otherwise impossible in standard tuning.

What You Will Learn

  1. What are Altered Tunings and Why use them?
  2. Three Altered Guitar Tunings
  3. Techniques and ideas for using Altered Tunings

What to Bring

  1. Acoustic Guitar (Essential)
  2. Electronic Tuner (If you have one)
  3. Slide (If you have one)


This workshop is suited to Late Beginners and Intermediate guitar players of all ages.


£5 per person

Time & Location

This workshop will be in Elgin on Saturday 29th July and should last about an hour.  The time & location will be confirmed once we have a better idea of how many seats we’ll need.

Sign-Up Form

If you would like to come along to our workshop, please fill out this quick form so that we know who is coming along.  Thank you!

Your Tutor

Image of Moray Music Lessons guitar tutor Wilson Noble

Wilson has been playing the guitar since the age of 14. He has studied music at the University of the Highlands & Islands obtaining a BA (Hons) Applied Music. Along with tuition, Wilson also works as an Artist Manager, runs a small Independent Record Label, and regularly performs as a Scottish Singer Songwriter and Instrumentalist throughout Scotland. Other qualifications obtained are HNC Music, and Grade 5 LCM Music Theory. Wilson holds a PVG Scheme Certificate.

You can find out more about Wilson from his website at: