Latest question in the Facebook Music Teachers group:
"I am wondering about what people think about tuning standard verses tuning in D."
STICK TO STANDARD: It's not a philosophical decIsion or stance but rather a logistical one.
It Depends on what song you are teaching. I almost always teach standard tuning in the earlier years and steer towards this sort of repertoire. I also program songs with Standard Tuning as a basis for song selection. I also start with Open Chords and move to Barre Chords around 9 months or more in.
I would suggest that as an educator - stick to standard tuning - but dont necessarily avoid non standard tunings as students progress.
WHY I STICK TO STANDARD TUNING? - LOGISTICS
- Do you want to keep tuning the guitars every lesson?
- Strings have a 'tuning memory' so you will find that they keep going out of tune as they try to pull down to a D.
- You will get to a point where you just have to restring them all for your own tuning sanity
- Even though the strings are in fine shape... some guitars will start to go out of tune even as you are tuning them...