Are you interested in open tunings but find yourself avoiding them because you have no idea how to even begin? Learning to play the guitar can be difficult, but open tunings can broaden your creative horizons and provide new sonic inspirations.
Open G Tuning
In this video lesson, we show you exactly how to get your guitar in open G tuning and what to start playing once you are there. There are a variety of things to play with open G tuning, but one of the most important things is to keep an open mind. It may take some getting used to, but playing guitar in open G tuning can be tons of fun. The tuning is as follows: DGDGBD.
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Open G Tuning Chords
In our video, not only do we teach you how to tune your guitar to an open G major chord, but we also show you a couple of songs and exercises to play. One of the first things you can do is play a G major scale on the middle G string. When you play the major scale, you can strum all the strings at once. Be sure to play around with this, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different strumming patterns and rhythms!
Once you get a handle on playing the major scale and strumming all the strings, you might be wondering how to play chords on open G tuning. Fortunately, we teach two chord shapes that can be applied to open G tuning: a barred shape and a staggered shape.
The barred shape has you fretting the highest two strings, the B and D strings. The staggered shape uses the same strings but places your index finger on the B string one fret below your middle finger on the high D string. You can use these two shapes to create a variety of chords up and down the neck. Check out the video for a full demonstration!
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