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Great Songs in Open G Tuning?!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by castpolymer, Jul 26, 2008.

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  1. hobbes007450

    hobbes007450 Tele-Meister

    Apr 11, 2010
    Auckland, NZ
    Son House's Death Letter.

    And anyway, you don't need to know any songs in open G, just break out yer slide and let fly. Is there anyone else who finds that this is the magic tuning?

  2. PeteMac

    PeteMac Friend of Leo's

    Ok . . . I'm going to be a little pedantic here -

    In a guitar mag interview Jimmy Page gave the tuning he used for "Levee" as being :
    C F A C (bottom 4 strings only). I cover this song pretty often and use his tuning but dropped a semi-tone (for my vocal range). I tune the top 2 strings in unison.
    So, that's: - E E B E G# B
    Try it, it's spot on.

    Another Zep song in open G though - Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - it's a blast !
    ooh, and another - That's the way.

  3. harlycarly

    harlycarly Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Republik of Vermont

    Agreed. I find that even a hacker like myself can sound ok messing around in that tuning. Recently fractured a ring finger on a guy's mirror that rode into my lane while I was on my motorcycle. Was bummed that I wouldn't be able to play for a while. Open G saved the day, especially when using the aluminum splint for slide.

    Big fun. Open G has resulted in a whole bunch of "Ah ha!" moments for me.

  4. telemenow

    telemenow Tele-Meister

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
    Arlen's got a killer version of "A Change is Gonna Come" on slide in open G (up to A), and Tele on his first album...he's got what sounds like a lot of open G stuff all over his records!

  5. Bernie

    Bernie Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    I'm pretty sure "Friends" by Zep is open G also.

    I've always wondered - is "Stay With Me" by Faces in open G?

  6. AngelStrummer

    AngelStrummer Friend of Leo's

    Jun 26, 2007
    Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones

  7. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Nice thread bump.

    I just got a new Muddy Waters tele and I was gona leave it in an open tuning and finally get around to learning slide, after oh 30 years or so. But I couldn't decide which open tuning.. Sounds like G is the way to go.

  8. RevMike

    RevMike Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I dunno what tuning it was recorded in, but I love playing "Squeeze Box" by the Who in open G.

  9. AngryEL34s

    AngryEL34s Tele-Meister

    Sep 23, 2008
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    For something a little heavier, Buckcherry's "Lit Up" is in open G and The Cult's "Love Removal Machine" can be played in Open G (sounds a lot like Start me Up). I also play Pearl Jam's "Evenflow" in Open G with a capo on 2.

  10. BGTele

    BGTele Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2008
    West New Jersey
    One of the greatest recordings of all time, Mississippi John Hurt's "Frankie" which
    he fingerpicks. Great lyrics, really telss the story in the best American folk tradition.
    Should have been covered a long time ago.

  11. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    I fingerpick all sorts of instrumental songs in open tunings, mostly 'G' (I suppose), in fact, I have played guitar in only open tunings for the past eight or ten years or so.

    Here's a few of them I play that I think sound pretty good fingerpicked in open 'G' instrumentals that is....

    Daydream Believer
    The Tennessee Waltz
    Your cheating heart
    Amazing grace
    Happy trails
    Over the rainbow
    Ashoken Farewell
    Generic guitar blues
    The cruel war
    Michael row the boat ashore
    Streets of Laredo
    Wildwood flower

    More like campfire songs than rock standards, but somebody's gotta do them.

    This was played in an open tuning, maybe 'G', maybe 'sorta G'...don't remember now...can't embed for some reason, so here's a link to it...

  12. guitarzzan

    guitarzzan TDPRI Member

    Buddy, just Google "open A tuning"...I've done it a few times for open tuning.

  13. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    throw a capo on the fourth and you've got Tumblin' Dice and Happy

    Jesus left Chicago is open G too

  14. StratBluesRock

    StratBluesRock Friend of Leo's

    May 3, 2012
    Connecticut, USA

  15. Telenut62

    Telenut62 Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 29, 2008
    Eugowra, Australia
    Tip: tune both the E and A string to G, otherwise you'll never nail it.

  16. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    About the only tuning I play in for the past ten years is open G (or A), it's great for fingerstyle instrumental versions of The Tennessee Waltz, Your cheating Heart, Over The Rainbow, Daydream Believer, and of course, all sorts of bluesy things.

  17. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    The slide guitar on Let's Work Together by Canned Heat
    Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits (capo at the 2nd fret)
    Lost and Found by Rich Robinson
    Sophia by Laura Marling

  18. RevMike

    RevMike Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Didn't know that. I will have to try it. I love open G.

  19. trilby

    trilby TDPRI Member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Wow, that was quite the thread revival...

    I'm going to suggest Big Sugar. Gordie Johnson once said he "dreams in Open G". Tunes like "Diggin' a Hole", "If I Had My Way", "All Hell For a Basement", "Nicotina", etc. Not sure they were all originally done in Open G, but I'd bet good money he plays them that way these days.

    "Just Came Back" by Colin James is another good one (can you tell I'm Canadian yet?).

  20. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2008
    South Lousiana
    Most of Exile On Main Street.

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