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    Default Exploring "Open G" tuning

    After reading torr's thread on open tunings I thought I might try out a little Keith Richard's style "open G" and put some resources up as I have never played in different tunings (other than drop D).



    I use a six-digit numbering system to describe my chords. The numbers represent the fret position of each string, running from the heaviest string to the lightest string ... for example, a C chord (in Open G Tuning) requires fretting the 4th string at the second fret and the second string at the first fret ... numerically, that would read 0 0 2 0 1 0 ... an X means you do not play that string, and a T means you wrap your thumb around and fret that string -- usually the 6th string ... sometimes the 6th and 5th strings together. T2 means you wrap your thumb around the neck and fret the second fret, T3 refers to the third fret, and so on.


    Major Chords:Majors are barred:
    A: 2nd Fret
    B flat: 3rd Fret
    C: 5th Fret
    D: 7th Fret
    E: 9th Fret
    F: 10th Fret
    G: Open

    Seventh Chords:Sevenths are barred:
    A7: 2 2 5 2 2 2
    B flat 7: 3 3 6 3 3 3
    C7: 5 5 8 5 5 5
    D7: 7 7 10 7 7 7
    E7: 9 9 12 9 9 9
    F7: 10 10 13 10 10 10
    G7: 0 0 3 0 0 0

    Minor Chords:
    A minor: T2 T2 2 2 1 X
    B flat minor: T3 T3 3 3 2 X
    B minor: T4 T4 4 4 3 X
    C minor: T5 T5 5 5 4 X
    D minor: T7 T7 7 7 6 X
    E minor: T9 X 9 9 8 X
    F minor: T10 X 10 10 9 X
    G minor: 0 0 0 3 3 0

    Other Chords:
    C: X 0 2 0 1 2
    D: X X 0 2 3 0
    D7: X X 0 2 1 0
    G7: 0 0 3 0 0 3
    G minor: 0 0 0 3 3 0
    F: X X 3 2 1 3
    E: X X 2 1 0 2
    E7: X X 2 1 0 0
    E minor: X 0 2 0 0 2




    Of course, there are many other chords and fingerings ... these are the basics and should get you where you need to go (I'll gladly add others as you request them).

    The legend, above, explains the colored symbols used in the chord charts. The "Thumb Wrap" simply means you wrap your thumb around the neck ... the general rule around here is - whatever is comfortable is appropriate ... and, last, the "No Play" ("X") means you do not play those strings.

    http://guitar.about.com/gi/dynamic/o...i%5FGchart.php
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    Tab of Songs in This Tuning...

    Start Me Up - Classic Rolling Stones riff played in open G tuning. Note that Keith Richards removed the lowest string from his telecaster for this song (and many others), so the tab only includes notation for the top five strings.
    http://guitar.about.com/gi/dynamic/o...%5Fme%5Fup.tab

    Honkytonk Women - More open G tuning from the Rolling Stones. Scroll down to the bottom of the tab to see the proper way to play the song.
    http://guitar.about.com/gi/dynamic/o.../honkytonk.txt



    The sound of "open G"
    http://guitar.about.com/library/medi...ningdgdgbd.mp3
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    From Wikki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_G_tuning

    Open G tuning is a tuning for guitar, such that the open strings play a G major chord with no fingering or capo.

    The standard Open G tuning is D-G-D-G-B-D. Note that this leaves the D as the bottom of the chord, creating an inversion. To rectify this problem, some guitar players will remove the low D string from the guitar and only play with five strings. Dobros in particular use a full six-string tuning with a bottom G, G-B-D-G-B-D. The top two strings are, accordingly, tuned three semitones higher for the bottom string and two semitones higher for the second-lowest string than a standard tuning. As such, some standard guitar strings may require lighter gauges to play the dobro tuning (though not all, since the thicker gauges on the low strings tend to be sturdier and more resistant to tightening than the thinner, more fragile high strings).

    The Russian seven-string guitar uses an open G for its standard tuning; it progresses (low-high) D-G-B-D-G-B-D.

    Keith Richards is famous for innovating this tuning for rock music on songs such as "Brown Sugar", "Honkey Tonk Woman", and "Start Me Up".
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    A starting lesson:
    http://www.accessrock.com/AdvancedLe...n_g_tuning.asp

    A more indepth lesson:
    http://www.strummeronline.com/openg.html

    A begining video lesson:


    And another intro lesson by Justin as opposed to Marty (above)
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    Midnight Rambler Lesson:

    or


    Tumbling Dice


    Honky Tonk Woman


    Brown Sugar:
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    Open G - Minor Pentatonic

    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    Red face WOW! Jeff!!

    Totally amazing amount of info you have posted regarding open G tuning here.

    I think maybe we should start calling you "The G Man."

    Great research work!
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    OK so you get beat by a slide player using open G, so now your all over open G?
    Seriously though a ton of great info there.
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    rj.....is it that obvious
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    Talking Ah-hum.

    Pretty glaring, bro, but I didn't want to say anything. Just kidding, Wolf. And besides, it is great info and a load of it! I thank you for posting it. Open G is where I want to go after I look at DADGAD when I can.
    Studying in Jeff Beasley's Sherpa Class, Shred Warehouse! Alumni of Steve Lasner's Bar Room Blues Workshop! Proverbs 17:22 says "A cheerful heart is good medicine..." So I must be overdosing.Eph. 4:31,32 I need to remember this every day.

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    The G Minor Pentatonic Scale in Open G tuning for guitar.
    The note formula for the Minor Pentatonic Scale is the 1, 3b, 4, 5, and 7b notes of the root note's major scale scale. The notes used in the G minor pentatonic scale are: G (1st or root), Bb (flat 3rd), C (4th), D (5th), and F (flat 7th).



    D|--------------------------------5--------------------------------|
    B|--------------------------3--6-----6--3--------------------------|
    G|--------------------3--5-----------------5--3--------------------|
    D|-----------0--3--5-----------------------------5--3--0-----------|
    G|--0--3--5-----------------------------------------------5--3--0--|
    D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

    D|--------------------------------5--------------------------------|
    B|--------------------------3--6-----6--3--------------------------|
    G|--------------------3--5-----------------5--3--------------------|
    D|--------------3--5-----------------------------5--3--------------|
    G|-----3--5--7-----------------------------------------7--5--3-----|
    D|--5-----------------------------------------------------------5--|

    D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
    B|------------------------------6------------------------------|
    G|------------------------5--7-----7--5------------------------|
    D|------------------5--8-----------------8--5------------------|
    G|--------5--7--10-----------------------------10--7--5--------|
    D|--5--8-------------------------------------------------8--5--|



    Major Triad Form in Open G


    Major Barre Chord Form in Open G

    Open G - Major Chords tab

    G A B C D E F G
    D|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    B|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    G|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    D|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    G|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    D|--0-----2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Minor Triad Form in Open G


    Minor Barre Chord Form in Open G

    Open G - minor Chords tab

    Am Bm Cm Dm Em Fm Gm
    D|--2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    B|--1-----3-----4-----6-----8-----9------11--|
    G|--2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    D|--2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    G|--2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|
    D|--2-----4-----5-----7-----9-----10-----12--|

    A list of some songs using Open G tuning.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    the Black Crowes
    "Hard to Handle"
    "Twice as Hard"
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Coldplay
    "High Speed"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Robert Johnson
    "Walkin' Blues" also covered by Eric Clapton
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Led Zeppelin
    "Black Country Women"
    "In My Time of Dyin'"
    "Going to California"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Pearl Jam
    "Daughter"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Pink Floyd
    "Fearless"
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    the Rolling Stones
    "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
    "Browne Sugar"
    "Happy"
    "Honky Tonk Women"
    "Jumping Jack Flash"
    "Start Me Up"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    George Thorogood
    "Bad to the Bone"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    All Of The Above from:
    http://www.guitaristsource.com/lesso...tuning/chords/




    Open G pentatonic blues scale:
    G Pentatonic Blues
    intervals: 1,b3,4,b5,5,b7
    half-steps: 3-2-1-1-3-2
    notes: G,Bb,C,Db,D,F

    from this wonderful little helper site:
    http://www.looknohands.com/chordhous.../index_rb.html

    G Blues Scale = G-Bb-C-Db-D-F - the 1st, b3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th, b7th
    with the b3, b5, b7 making it bluesy. Even though an A, E & B are
    not in a G blues scale, they are still great notes to hit - B being
    a part of the G chord (would not sound great against a C7), and the
    A & E are great adds (9 & 13 respect.)- the E, A, & B make it
    a "major" sounding blues.


    and that very worthwhile little post and link is #7000 for yours truly
    Too soon we grow old, too late we grow wise

    "I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour

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    Arrow

    Hey Man
    This is great stuff....I've been working with an Ab alt tuning,, it's the same Intervals as G ..5-1-5-1-3-5 and will transpose very nicely ...I like the tuning alot...Stole it from Mr. Johnson....

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    Rock on JR





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