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Post subject: Open G tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)
Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:55 pm
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Ha ha ha... Call me a "late bloomer" or whatever, but, this afternoon I decided to get out my '95 Fender Strat, and on a whim, I switched it into Open G tuning.
D, G, D, G, B, D.

I grabbed my slide, and instantly realized I could barre entire chords all up and down the neck, sliding up and down with ease! Duh... Seriously... I just NOW discovered this after all these years? What is wrong with me? ha ha ha...

Sorry, no video or any recording, but, I found myself launching into the old Eric Clapton/JJ Cale tune "Tulsa Time" (which is in "G" anyway), and I had a blast playing slide on it with Open G tuning!

Anyone else do anything in Open G?


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Post subject: Re: Open G tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)
Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:18 pm
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I do an open D tuning sometimes.
It's similar to DADGAD but the G is dropped to F#, so DADFAD.
I have not played with open G very much but I do understand slide players like it very much.
Besides drop D, double drop D and DADFAD the only other alternate tuning I play is a Zeppelin tuning that Page used for a few acoustic songs.
That one is DGCGCD.
I still use it for Rain Song on the rare occasions I play that one and a there used to be a couple of others but it's been so long I have forgotten which songs.

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Post subject: Re: Open G tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)
Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:42 pm
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The B, G and D strings are the same as in open G tuning, so you don't have to retune anything to play slide in open anything.

That said, retuning a few strings and playing with Rock Titan swagger takes you into the territory of many Stones tunes, and a few ZZ Top tunes too.

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Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:47 pm
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Welcome to Keith Richards world! At some point Keef figured out that lots of the blues guys used open G. Glad you found it.


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Post subject: Re: Open G tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)
Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:04 am
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Check these out.

Lou Reed for example: all one key!“D”.
I guess my one string method as a kid wasn’t so out of touch after all. :lol:
https://blog.discmakers.com/2019/03/alt ... r-tunings/

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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:49 am
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Lefty Blues wrote:
Welcome to Keith Richards world! At some point Keef figured out that lots of the blues guys used open G. Glad you found it.

There you go! Be sure to cut your low E string off and throw it away. Five strings only!

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Post subject: Re: Open G tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)
Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:00 am
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Thanks for all the great replies! Yes, I quickly discovered that with Open G tuning, all the classic Stones songs sound "correct".
Keith Richards definitely created a whole new sound...


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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:40 pm
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ButchA wrote:
Keith Richards definitely created a whole new sound...

He also introduced the "five-string Telecaster" to the world.

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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:10 pm
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I was going to make a joke about a string company making a 5 string set with Keef's name on it but it looks like Ernie Ball already does that.
Looks like the joke's on me.

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