How hard is Open G to learn?

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

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    Oh! Yeah! I get it now. Swingin'!
     
  2. Charlie Bernstein

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    Aha! Wasn't thinking of electrics. Wearing my acoustic brain for the Acoustic Heaven forum.
     
  3. Charlie Bernstein

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    Did I say E somewhere? Which post? I'll scroll back to find what I said. Hold on a sec . . . .

    Maybe it was #44? The quotation marks are around a Keith Richards quote. He was fooling around with open tunings in those keys before Cooder showed him open G.
     
  4. Tonetele

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    kiwi blue we were talking OPEN g tuning, not a variant of a G chord. You're correct, adding an E is the 6th. note and would make it a G6 but that was not my query.
     
  5. EsquireOK

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    Learning open G is easy as hell – easier than regular tuning. The hard part is going back to standard after getting in the groove of open G.

    The way I view guitar, it's already in a slightly tweaked version of open G anyhow. The Es and the A are there just to make certain chordal stretches/inversions easier.
     
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    I think Tom was suggesting tuning the low E string up to G instead of down to D. It might be interesting. I sometimes get enthusiastic and can’t avoid hitting the lowest string, so a G might be a better choice for me.
     
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    I like Mandolin tuning- the reverse of the bottom 4 guitar strings. 2x G ( as in 3rd. string, G below middle C), 2x Ds ( D sting as in B string , 3rd. fret) then A, E string %th. fret and finally E Top ( 1st.string 12th. fret).
    So its G, D, A E.
    The Mandolin is a beautiful sounding instrument and as easy to play as a Ukulele.
     
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  8. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yes, it's bass tuning flipped. I love playing mando but wouldn't have thought of comparing it to a uke (though some people mistake them for ukes!).

    Its chords are easier to learn and figure out than guitar or uke, but scales on a five-interval-tuned fretboard are something I might never get memorized.
     
  9. Charlie Bernstein

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    Oh! It's kind of the difference between drop-D and double-drop-D. But not.
     
  10. Tom in Georgia

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    Exactly! No need to remove the string a la Keef and so easier to re-tune back to standard if you wish. I also feel like it opens up some interesting possibilities for major chord progressions using only the top strings for a lower, moody sort of tone.
     
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    I agree I like having the 6th string there. Particularly solo, or no bass player
     
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    Love the riffery and slide solo in this.. open G but not the slightest bit Stonesy

     
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    Just received my Epiphone EL-00 from FedEX today. Will unbox it tonight and start learning some open G tuning songs!
     
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    I have been using open G exclusively for the last 7 years , before that the electric guitar was dead to me because i was looking outside for inspiration i was tired of the SRV and Hendrix licks that i played and eared everywhere ( like the stairway of guitar playing ). The midlife crisis was realizing i could not play like i used to without serious practice i had to rebuild . The guitar is a relatively new instrument the electric guitar is a baby , it can't be dead . So i re learned guitar using open G and a thumb pick , my idea was what would happen to Robert Johnson had never died and evolved into the 70s revolution . So i tough could you fool people in thinking you are playing standard and spent many hours at it. To me open tuning is a quick way to finding your self because the knowledge is limited you bring much more of your own into it . How deep can you go .

    This is where i am now ... my last video unrelated subject but all open g

     
  15. Charlie Bernstein

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    So, b2087171, any progress? How's that open tuning treating you?
     
  16. Charlie Bernstein

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    So how's that open G treating you so far?
     
  17. richiek65

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    Can't stop watching/copping this today
     
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