Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby Lo-Fi » Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:49 pm

allanlummox wrote:Part of the same thing - learn them both.


Amen to that. One ain't better for country blues and one better for some Uptown Atlanta blues or whatever. Folks tend to like Open G because ya can get a big wide open major cowboy chord on every fret. I play in Open D,G, E and Dm (the saddest tuning of them all).
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby tommott77 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:54 pm

Lo-Fi wrote:and Dm (the saddest tuning of them all).


Derek Smalls would agree with you ;-)
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby De Ferre » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:31 pm

It also has something to do with the most suitable key for the singer.
But I tend to use open D on the squareneck and open G for bottleneck...
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby tinsmith » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:26 am

De Ferre wrote:It also has something to do with the most suitable key for the singer.
But I tend to use open D on the squareneck and open G for bottleneck...

Why??? They seem interchangeable....it depends on the song, the key.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby maxx england » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:57 pm

I can play in both, prefer the D for what I get out of it. I've met people who use Dm, and some who use something totally home brewed. It's all notes, only 12 of them, how difficult can it be?
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby Lo-Fi » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:14 pm

maxx england wrote:It's all notes, only 12 of them, how difficult can it be?


I don't know - try Bukka's "Aberdeen, MS Blues" and call me in the morning.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby maxx england » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:27 am

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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby gaucho » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:37 am

Anyone ever seen a tuner (or a guitar tuning App for your smart phone) that you can set for open tunings?
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby kiwiblues » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:51 am

There's plenty for the Iphone.
Guitar tool kit has a tuner, metranome, and chords in numerous tunings. It's amazing and so cheap.
gaucho wrote:Anyone ever seen a tuner (or a guitar tuning App for your smart phone) that you can set for open tunings?
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby leftyguitarman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:38 am

gaucho wrote:Anyone ever seen a tuner (or a guitar tuning App for your smart phone) that you can set for open tunings?


Most of them are chromatic.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby hollywoodmark » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:15 pm

Here's an online one, G-man:

http://www.gieson.com/Library/projects/utilities/tuner/

Use the drop-down menu to choose your tuning.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby 44pistol » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:28 am

I like both. Having the top string on the root for melody stuff in D is nice, but the low tension can mean certain riffs end up a bit 'flabby' sounding compared to doing them in open G. I tend to find open G suits my vocal range better for most songs, so of course that's a factor, and I end up using it most.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby tobywalker » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:43 pm

I agree that both tunings, while similar have their own individual merits and it would benefit you to learn both.
Besides, learning them both will open you up to the following tunings:

Dm --- low to high - DADF#AD - Skip James, Bentonia... Bukka White and lots of others
Gm... yep, Gm. low to high ... DGDGBbD... I've used this one on a few of my CD's and it really produces a deep
blues sound.
D6 ... low to high - DADF#BD... lap folks use this one a lot for that western swing sound. However, I like going from
the D tuning to this one in the middle of a song for a special contrast.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby rustyslide » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:03 pm

tobywalker wrote:Dm --- low to high - DADF#AD - Skip James, Bentonia... Bukka White and lots of others


That Dm is going to be too happy. Try D A D F A D. ;)

Alternatively, play a DADGAD piece in open D without transposing for instant sadness.
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Re: Merits of Open G (if any) over Open D?

Postby tinsmith » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:44 am

I noticed that as well....It sounds like a minor tuning...good for slide too.
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