All rights reserved. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. G (stays the same) Hear Eddie Van Halen get cosmic on a newly unearthed cover of Jimi Hendrix’s If 6 Was 9, Sick Riffs: Andy Gibbs teaches you the sludgy, chromatic wrecking ball of Thou's Ancestral Recall, Joe Biden’s Secretary of State nominee is a guitar-playing singer-songwriter who has jammed with Steely Dan’s Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Watch a pre-Ozzy Zakk Wylde shred Quiet Riot’s Metal Health with Sebastian Bach at a 1987 wedding. Open G tuning helps add to the atmospheric quality of both songs. D It can also be represented by the letter s. Often a slide is performed using a tool called a slide. Open Tuning. At the end of the phrase, I jump up to 12th position and lay the slide across the top three strings at the 12th fret to sound a G major triad, followed by licks that move between the 10th and 12th frets. Open G tuning also lends itself to a different, bluesier tone than standard tuning. *Blues slide guitar player CeDell Davis used a butterknife for his slide work. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Use either the Electric Guitar Online Guitar Tuner or the Acoustic Guitar Online Tuner. Keep the rattle noise to a minimum when going from open strings to slide-stopped strings. Originator of the Delta blues and perhaps the founding father of American blues, Robert Johnson paid homage to his mentor, Son House, in his slide-laden version of “Walkin’ Blues.” House recorded the song in 1930 and it may have been one of the very first instances of open G tuning that listeners were exposed to. Start by playing the note you’re trying to tune to on another string and try to match it. This edition of In Deep will focus on open G tuning and how it is used in blues slide-guitar playing. Alternate tunings like open G can help guitarists play chords more easily and make it easier to try out new skills like playing slide. There was a problem. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? The slide is a tube of metal or glass, and is slid along the string. Pro tip: You can use the Fender Online guitar tuner to help you tune your guitar to the correct note. Keep plucking the string until you hear the correct note. BA1 1UA. © Or download the app for your phone. This edition of In Deep will focus on open G tuning and how it is used in blues slide-guitar playing. The most commonly used open tunings for slide are E, D, G and A. The song touches on a variety of emotions and evokes beautiful imagery. Now you know how and where to fret the strings to grip some chords. To tune your A string down a full step from G, pluck your G string and match the tone of your A string to it as you twist the peg clockwise towards you. Now that you have an idea of the differences between standard tuning and open G, there are a few ways you can tune your guitar to achieve this sound: FIGURE 6 illustrates a useful G “hybrid” scale for slide soloing in open G tuning wherein notes are played at the 10th and 12th frets of each string along with the inclusion of the ninth fret of the fourth and sixth strings. For instance, the G chord can be played in an open position, while most other major chords can be created in this tuning by using a simple barre fingering. Let’s wrap up with two examples of how to navigate through two full choruses of a 12-bar blues in G. In FIGURE 9, a G7 chord is sounded without the slide by barring the fret-hand index finger across the top two strings at the third fret while sounding the open third and fourth strings simultaneously. B This alternate tuning has woven its way into several genres, most notably blues and folk music. Robert Johnson, the forefather of blues used open G tuning, as did folk pioneer, Joni Mitchell. Use open G tuning if you want to sound (a bit) like Robert Johnson Open G tuning: D-G-D-G-B-D (low to high)…hint: it’s a G major chord. Led Zeppelin also tapped a blues-influenced vein on many of their songs. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. In this lesson we have some chords for you, for all who play slide guitar in Open-G tuning. A You can also listen for open G tuning in blues-tinted rock, by such legends as The Rolling Stones, George Thorogood, The Black Crowes, and more. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Listen for open G tuning on the acoustic “Going to California” and “In My Time of Dying.” While Jimmy Page’s guitar and Robert Plant’s vocals on “Going to California” have more of a heavy folk feel, “In My Time of Dying” is far more blues influenced -- right down to its lyrics that take a hard look at mortality. You will receive a verification email shortly. The band used open G tuning on two of their big hits from their 1990 debut album, “Hard to Handle” and “Twice As Hard.”, Today, the rock group The Eagles of Death Metal (who, for the uninitiated, do not play death metal) also use open G tuning on many of their songs, including “I Only Want You” and “Secret Plans.”. Johnny used the similarly structured open A tuning (open G up one whole step: low to high, E A E A C# E) to perform his masterpiece “Dallas,” recorded for his 1969 self-titled album. Open G tuning made it easier for her to fingerpick her acoustic guitar and create beautiful arpeggios that accented her high soprano voice on her lyrically poetic songs. We’d love to stay in touch, sign up for the Guitar World team to contact you with great news, content and offers.