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Watch the Open G Tuning online guitar lesson by Vicki Genfan from Essentials: Open Tunings

This is commonly known as an open G tuning. The Hawaiian guitarists call it Taro Patch tuning. You’ll hear it used by slide players all over the world. It may have been my very first open tuning, though at the time I was using it in a pretty folky context. The intervals between strings are exactly the same as in the open D tuning, except you have to start with the 5th string instead of the 6th. That means chord shapes will transfer as well, as long as you abide by the rule. Make sense? Try it!

The etude I’ve composed for this tuning gives you an idea of its rich chord voicings (similar to those we find in open D) as well as a more funky, bluesy-jazzy approach to exploiting its virtues. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get the syncopation of the end section right away. It’s great practice for isolating your thumb from the other right hand fingers! Play on!