Hi Dawson. The main thing about alternate tunings is not to tune any string more taut than indicated by it's designation on the package and the corresponding one on your pitch pipe. (Get one, chromatic if possible).
There are many web sites you can google that list these tunings but you will need to make fretboard diagrams of 7 frets to comprehend what's happening numerically because unless you have perfect pitch in your head it's less confusing.
Example:, the standard tuning is eadgbe but seeing how you self tune by fret is 55545. 5th fret (of bass "E" string to get open pitch of "A", the next string, 5th of "A" string to get the open pitch of "D" the next string, 5th fret of "D" string, 4th fret of "G" string, 5th (fret of "B" string to get treble "E" string open pitch.
The dropped D standard self tuning is dadgbe but is self tuned numerically as 75545.
A tuning to play "Break the chains" by Fleetwood Mack is dadfad but is self tuned by fret as 75345.
The famous guitarist Bruce Cockburn's exuberant song "Foxglove" is accomplished by first tuning to a fret configuration of 75754 but you must work it out by tuning the G string to it's designed "g" pitch and working forwards and backwards from that string so that you don't break it and the D string next to it or over pull the bridge supporting the end of the strings. Having accomplished this , you may capo up to your taste to reduce the muddy base tones with out breaking your treble strings. Start by drawing your 6 string fretboard diagram(s) for your tunings and do let me know how it goes.
thank you, Dawson. I would like that. My entire family is religious and I just didn't get the gene. I was raised, steeped, in Christian fundamentalism and my default is to pray. But to whom? On the other hand, I feel that if I don't and he dies, I'll be responsible. This is the most confusing thing that I've ever encountered.
I find a bit of solace in the thought that we are all a part of a long evolutionary process, and thru us, and only us, the process has become aware of itself. Many animals grieve. We seem to do it more introspectively.
Thanks for your kind words, Dawson. I really needed them tonight.