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Old 03-19-2011, 10:50 PM
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Default Open G------ A country tuning?

The following is a continuation of sorts on my previous thread asking about those who play almost exclusively in open tunings.

Open G is my prefered open tuning, and by no small margin. I lean heavily on the acoustic rock/blues side of things, and have never remotely dabbled in the country side of guitar. It's not that I have no appreciation for it, as I have certainly heard some stellar country players, it's just that the genre has somehow escaped my playing.

However, I was just fooling around, and really for the first time, managed to put together some interesting and half respectable country sounding guitar.

So, I am curious to know to what extent open G is used in country music, new or old. I would be grateful to be pointed toward any well known open G country players, so I can do more research via youtube.

I would also like to hear any insight or opinion from country players here who play in open G, or open something.

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:03 PM
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Nancy Griffith has been known to compose and play in open-G

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Old 03-20-2011, 07:25 AM
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A ton of blues songs are in open G & A
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:52 AM
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"A Country Boy Will Survive".
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:24 AM
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A lot of Spanish compositions are reputed to be based on Open G. I've even read that it may be the source of that tuning. In "playing" around, I would have to say it fits.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:44 AM
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I like to use E A and G open tunings sometimes. Mostly if gonna play alittle bottleneck or slide.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:13 AM
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There are a couple of different Open G tunings that get used - one has both the E strings dropped to D, and the A string dropped to G. There's another one that is higher pitched, where the open strings of the guitar are tuned to the chord notes you get when you play a first position G chord.

So, low to high that would be: G, B, D, G, B, G.

Admittedly, that's a much less common tuning than the lower Open G tuning. But I have run into it on occasion.

Anyway, most of the hands-on practical experience I have with country music is really more along the lines of bluegrass and country-rock, and among bluegrass players, anyway, the most common use of an open G tuning is on a Dobro or other resonator guitar.

The band Poco used to use a lot of open-tuned guitars, and I'm pretty certain "You'd Better Think Twice" is in the lower Open G tuning. If you look for that song, try to find the live album version of it: the studio version is fairly tame and lame, but they got wild on it when they played it live.

Hope this helps.


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Old 03-20-2011, 11:33 AM
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The open G I use is DGDGBD. And I would include bluegrass or country rock in the genres of my inquiry, but judging by the responses so far, one one has an early impression that open G is not strongly represented in country. I suppose I will just continue to explore and see if I can get more country vibe from open G, just for the heck of it.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:59 AM
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I use the open G tuning { gdgdbd} for slide and blues but I also play:
Man of Constant sorrow
Boogie on Regge Woman
Midnight Hour
When a Man Loves a Woman
Colours
and more that I can't remember right now...so yeah it's great for slide, oh yeah,
Water song { finger style} by Hot Tuna, Burgers LP...great song.

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Old 03-22-2011, 11:11 AM
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Open G is the most common banjo tuning, I think.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:52 PM
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With her big long***** finger nails, Dolly Parton uses open G or something close to it. She then just covers all the strings with one finger to bar the chords.
I doubt that many have even noticed it though.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:43 AM
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One player synonymous with open G is Kieth Richards - so many Stones tunes are in open G - Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Tumblin Dice, and on and on. Kieth even had guitars made up with only five strings; dedicated to open G and leaving the low E string off all together. Country, Blues, it's all in there. not just for slide, a great way to come at the instrument with a different approach - some say it re-inspires them to get into unlocking all the different ways fingering is changed and moving from major to minor voices... you never run out of things to learn.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:37 AM
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Open G is probably the most used resonator guitar tuning. Other than that, compared to standard tuning, open tunings are not used all that much in country music. Just occasionally. And they're very rarely used in bluegrass music (except, once again, for resonator guitar). You'll see dropped D tuning some in bluegrass and country. More so than open tunings.
However, open tunings can make for interesting variations in songs. That's for sure.


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Old 03-23-2011, 09:22 AM
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This terrific song is in open G. And BTW, Myles Kennedy is my guitar hero. Awesome guitarist. I bought a 614ce because of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR4_chcwvoM
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:35 AM
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This song I posted is done in open G:

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=211389
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