Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from Guitar Control and
today we’re talking about open tunings. The big message
that I have for you is don’t be afraid of alternate tunings.
They’re not going to take away from learning standard tuning.
I used to believe that there is so much to learn in standard
tuning that I don’t want to mess with alternate tunings. But
the reality is that you can get into an alternate tuning for
a song or two. It’s really simple stuff and it doesn’t take
away from anything you’re doing. You don’t have to spend a
lot of time on it. It’s just another tool to be able to use
and I’ll show you that in just a second.
First, I’ve already tuned to open G using this tuner. We’ve
got an alien or batman tuner free for a limited time. Just
go to guitarcontrol.com/tuner. You do have to pay the shipping
for it, but it’s yours while supplies last
To get into open G, what you’re going to do, take your low
E string, tune it down to a D. Take your A string, tune it
down a full step to a G. Leave the other three strings, D,
G, B and then tune the high E down to a B. You can play stuff
like “Bad to the Bone”. You can play that in standard tuning,
but if you accidentally hit one of the other strings in G it’s
going to sound part of that chord. It’s just going to make
things ring a lot better.
Also, notice that that’s a Guitar chord. You can bar just
one finger and you’ve got another major chord. There’s a I
IV progression. There are a lot of other tricks in open
tuning, but these are just like the basics, so I, IV, V blues.
Very simple. You can do a lot of cool stuff. Feel free to
experiment with new sounds. It’s a cool thing.
That’s all I’ve got for you for now. I’ll talk to you next
time. We’ll get more lessons for you. Once again, check-out
guitarcontrol.com/tuner to get your Alien or Batman tuner
and we’ll catch you on the flip side.