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Classic Open G Tuning

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As always, we'll start out by exploring the most easily accessible things within our open G-tuning. Since the open strings form an open G-chord, we of course have easy access to our one-finger chords.

Now have the root note on the A-string, and it's a bit easier to play the one-finger chords now that we now only have to barre across 5 strings. This is fine for playing rock'n roll and works particularly well on electric guitar, but on acoustic guitar these one-finger chords often sound a little too fretted and lifeless for my taste. So let's get some drony open strings in there.

Let's start with a C-chord here in the 5th fret. I'm fretting the root note with our 2nd finger. The D-string with our 3rd finger and the B-string with our pinkie. The G and high E-string are ringing open.

Try and move that around. 3rd fret is a Bb chord. 7th fret is a D-chord. 8th fret is an Eb chord. 10th fret is an F chord.

It's a little tight with the 3 fingers in one fret, but it sounds really cool.

To make it a minor chord just use your 1st finger instead, down one fret from the other notes. Try the 2nd fret for a Am chord. 4th fret for a Bm chord. 5th fret for a Cm chord. 7th fret for a Dm. When I play D-chords I can let the low E-string ring as well. 9th fret for an E minor chord.

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Classic Open G Tuning