Open G Major Tuning: Great for Slide Guitar!

Today I'm posting one of my friend Colin's videos, one that he did on the Open G Major tuning for guitar. This is just an introduction to the tuning, giving you an idea what you can do with an open tuning. Alternate guitar tunings are a ton of fun, and this is one example.

When you're tuned to open G major, when you strum all the strings without using any frets, you've got a G major chord.

Playing slide in open G major tuning makes things a lot simpler, because now you can create a whole chord on the same fret with the slide. This opens up all kinds of possibilities that aren't available in standard tuning. Colin has a series of guitar lessons on slide, including a whole course called Essentials of Slide Guitar. You can find out more about that here:

Slide Guitar Made Simple

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11 Responses to “Open G Major Tuning: Great for Slide Guitar!”

  1. Elle January 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Wow that was great, played slide years back, thanks for inspiration.

  2. david markwell January 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    i;m trying to play but can play the first chord can you help

  3. Joanne January 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey that was great! One day I'll master that. Thanks 🙂

  4. DON January 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    thats great for people that have two or three guitars , that way they can tune one guitar to open G, one to drop D,OR DOUBLE DROP D, AND STANDARD, RIGHT NOW I HAVE ONE GUITAR AND TO LAZY TO DO ALL THAT TUNING , SO IF A SONG IS NOT IN STANDARD TUNING I FIND ONE THAT IS, BUT STILL LOVE THE LESSONS , BOGGIE DOWN AND ROCK ON.

  5. Charlie Draper January 22, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Hey, Thanks for the open tuning tip. I tinker around with the guitar every now and then. Love the sound of the slide quitar, my dogs seem to like it as well,they like to sing-a-long. Strange I know, but its funny and they seem to enjoy it.

    Thanks again,

    Charlie Draper, Publisher

    • Jonathan January 22, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      Hey Charlie, my dog is exactly the same way, he howls whenever I haul out my guitar! 🙂

  6. Dwayne Honea February 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I would like to order the 145 lesson theory.

  7. Franklin Outen Jr February 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I got ur 145 teaching for guitar do u have somthing for bass guitar

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