Open G tuning

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  1. jackaroo

    jackaroo Member

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    Howdy,

    I've been playing a lot of open D for the past year or so and really dig it. Now I'm trying to get into open G. I've been looking for any info on open G on the net, but it all seems to be for GBDGBD (Dobro tuning) rather than low G DGDGBD.

    Mainly looking for turnarounds and slide licks... any help is greatly appreciated.

    thanks,

    J
     
  2. cheng&eng

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    Check out the Bob Brozman bottle neck blues DVD's. A wealth of information on there. The first 2 DVD's are mostly in open G. the 3'rd goes into open D (transposable ) and minor tunings. very cool. highly recommended.
    good luck.
     
  3. hucklebee

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    If I can jump on this thread...

    I am also looking for some good chord changes, vamps, licks in open G

    whatcha got?
     
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  5. jackaroo

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    I've been hitting that FOTW site a bunch.

    Also just keeping a guitar in open G and only playing it for a few weeks has done wonders.
     
  6. g8tr90

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    I picked up most of my Open G stuff from The Black Crowes as well as some good slide stuff from Bonnie Raitt (no technically open G but it translates).

    Not really very hard to pickup the basics there.
     
  7. gennation

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    A great lesson in open G is the track Love In Vain of the Stones Get Your Ya-ya's Out album. Mick Taylors slide solo/playing on that it top notch.

    Actually that whole album has open G all over it.

    One of the classic open G tunes is: Honky Tonk Woman

    Also, Start Me Up.

    And Ian Hunters Once Bitten Twice Shy.
     
  8. jackaroo

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  10. mikeman

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    I might be late for this thread but maybe someone can help me here. I've been trying to figure out the tuning Ry Cooder uses for his haunting slide work on Sister Morphine. It's driving me nuts and no one seems to have the answer. There seems to be some minor intonnations here. I've tried tons of open tunings and can't figure it out.

    Someone help me please!
     
  11. bluesbreaker59

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    I'm going to guess Open D, just because a local guy uses that tuning quite often and gets the same sort of haunting sounds, he claims its all about the Open D tuning. But Cooder, also was the one that turned ole Keef on to Open G, so who knows.
     
  12. Frankenstrat2

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    Hey Jack!
    What have you been up to bro? Good to see you here.
    Did you finish your studio yet?
    Listen- about this open G thing. Open G is open A tuned down a step. Open D is open E tuned down a step.
    Kirby Kelly taught me something cool. Think in terms of relationships- this way-
    Low to high string- open G tuning is
    DGDGBD is also 515135
    open A is
    EAEAC#E -also 515135
    BUT
    Open D is
    DGDF#AE or 151351
    Open E is
    EBEG#BE or 151351
    If you look at it that way, now look at how the realationships line up:
    515135 open G,A
    151351 open D,E
    then
    All the shapes and positions you already know for open D/E work in open G/A of you move everything over one string and vice versa
    151351
    515135
    Hope that helps. It was a major revelation for me, but you may have already known that. For me it was....:jo
     
  13. drolling

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    'Nother vote for D.. Don't have the Stones record handy, but the haunting 'Paris, Texas' soundtrack's open D.

    Back when you could still get away with BS'ing interviewers, I remember reading Ry saying that his guitar fell over and that when he picked it up, he was in the tuning he used for that session. Of course, he also failed to acknowledge that the whole thing's lifted almost note for note from Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"..
     
  14. opdev

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    If you go to Truefire.com, check out David Hamburger's slide shop. He does a nioce mix of open D, and open G lessons.

    Also, DVD'd by Roy Book Binder and Fred Sokolow are pretty good.

    A great cheap video is Muddy Waters Signaturfe Licks, some great Open G in that one.

    Here are a few other things

    http://www.acousticguitar.com/article/147/147,6264,PRIVATELESSONS-4.asp
     
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    Are You Guys Playing With 5 Strings Ala Keith Or 6?
     
  16. Pedro58

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    Me, too. Huge revelation! Also, that favorite triad set of mine with the standard tuning is the 'DGB' set in the middle... I build lots of inversions and stuff from that set. In Open G, that set is the same, so I work most turnarounds with that three string set as a 'base.'
     
  17. Frankenstrat2

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    Exactly. Thats why drop D works so well for slide. Kirby's best lesson was to get me to stop thinking in terms of notes or keys and concentrate on the relationships of the notes in the tunings and the way they lay out on the fretboard in patterns that are useful for slide, paying special attention to where the 1,3,and 5s are.
     

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