Mary McCaslin's FAQs


Here are some answers to "FAQs" we've received


-What is the standard tuning for the guitar?

I've shown this info in the "tunings section" of this website.
Here it is again from the low to high strings: EADGBE

-How is the bass (standup or electric) tuned?

Same as the four lower (bass) strings on the guitar.
From low to high : EADG

-How do I tune the guitar a "half step" or "whole step" down?

Each fret on the guitar neck (banjo and mandolin also) is one note -
just like each piano key, white or black, is one note.
A "half step" is one note - a "whole step" is two notes.
If you want to play the guitar in standard tuning, but want to tune a "half step" down,
tune to EbG#C#F#BbEb (low to high). A "whole step" down in standard tuning is
DGCFAD (low to high).
While the chord positions are the same used for standard tuning - they have different names.
The same rule applies to all tunings, standard or non-standard.

-What's that tuning?

Occasionally I am asked to name the tuning used by an artist on a particular recording.
I wish I had the time to find each recording, figure out the tuning and answer the question.
Don't be afraid to pick up your guitar and try to figure out a tuning on your own -
You'll learn a lot!


This is the title of my first album (LP), which I recorded in 1969 on Andy Williams' new Barnaby label. It was produced by my friend Larry Murray, who has a vast musical history as an artist and songwriter in his own right. I did not write any of the songs on this album.

Barnaby was distributed by Columbia, and at the time my only label mates were the Osmond Brothers! I don't know how long Barnaby existed as a label or what happened to the master for "Goodnight Everybody". I have never had access to the master.

Sometime in the late 1970s (I think), "Goodnight Everybody" was re-issued on vinyl under the title of "Blueridge Epitaph" by a company called something like Picadilly First American. The sound quality was dreadful and it seems that some tracks from the original were mising.

Occasionally I am asked if I know how to find a copy of this long out of print vinyl recording.

The answer is NO - I do not know where any copies (opened or sealed) are located. The only suggestions I can offer to anyone wanting to find this LP are: 1) Visit used record stores. If you can, become a regular and let them know what you are looking for. 2) Check online sites for vinyl collectors. 3) Read the current issues of Goldmine Magazine. 4) Most important of all, please don't let an inflated collector's price dazzle you into paying too much for a copy of "Goodnight Everybody".