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

Video Problems? Watch Open G Major on Youtube.

Leave a Reply 11 comments

Elle - January 21, 2011 Reply

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

david markwell - January 21, 2011 Reply

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

Joanne - January 21, 2011 Reply

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

DON - January 21, 2011 Reply

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.

Charlie Draper - January 22, 2011 Reply

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 Boettcher - January 22, 2011 Reply

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

Dwayne Honea - February 1, 2011 Reply

I would like to order the 145 lesson theory.

Franklin Outen Jr - February 4, 2011 Reply

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

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