Open G Tuning (wow, what have I been missing?)

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by Butch Ammon, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

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    Richmond, VA
    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... :D

    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?
     
  2. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    “Move It On Over” is a classic in open G, I believe.
     
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  3. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I think every Thorogood (sp?) song is in the similar tuning maybe same tuning. Maybe same key.
     
  4. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    I’ve got 2 guitars tuned to open G at the moment. In fact I pulled the bass E off my Tele ala Keith Richards (it’s even Butterscotch Blonde). Two of my favorites are Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman.
     
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  5. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

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    I was going to say Keith. And he generally just uses a straight barre and enhances that with a Am barre shape. So then you get nearly everything else by moving your hands around.


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  6. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    George typically used 3 different tunings. I always remember 6 guitars on the side of stage. Each tuning had a spare guitar in case he broke a string partway through a song. Sorry, don't know what the other tunings were.
     
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  7. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

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    Open Dand standard? Or openD and open E? Just guessing


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  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    I do remember a lot of his songs were in open-G
     
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  9. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Being a big stones fan, I’ve dabbled in open G. Another fun trick, that he uses, is use a capo and you can change your open key and still play with the same guitar. Tumbling Dice is open G with a capo on the 4th fret.
     
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  10. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I always have an acoustic in low bass G like you are using. One of my Dobro's is in high bass G (std Dobro). I've been using this tuning as long as I've been playing guitar, it goes wayyyyy back to the original Delta blues guys and even before them the Hawaiian slack key players. They tuned by ear so it may be sharp or flat but here's Son House in 1930
     
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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Am7
     
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  12. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

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    I literally was coming back to edit it. But you’ve done it for em. Thanks.


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  13. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

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    Richmond, VA
    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... :D
     
  14. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    I have two dedicated Open G guitars, my 35 National Duolian and my Road Worn Telecaster. Tons of fun to play!
     
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  15. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Dude! I forgot the one.......
     
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  16. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    My Duolian stays in D, as does my Tricone but i have two Dobro's in G, one high bass and one low (the one y'all talking about).
     
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  17. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I must confess that I really have no experiences with any open tuning. Maybe that is the reason why I never made any progress with slide guitar although I really enjoy this kind of music.
     
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  18. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

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    Dec 9, 2017
    Tucson
    Here's a fun one!

     
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  19. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
    WA


    I think uses some kind of open tuning also.

    Jungle Love
     
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  20. kt66

    kt66 Gretschie

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    Jan 21, 2016
    London
    I always have one guitar in open G, mainly for Stones and writing, BUT the best thing I like to play is Romeo Juliet by Dire Straits, a band I normally can't stand. Easy and sounds great.
     
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