Open Tunings

by wsp22 (May 24, 2008)

So all open tuning really is is tuning the strings to form an open chord without fretting. Assuming we understand basic chord theory (Maj = (Root)1, 3, 5) you could technichly tune a guitar to form an open chord in any key. Granted the strings can only be so loose or so tight.

Some really common Open Tunings are:
The strings are ordered from low to high ie: normally E-A-D-G-B-E

G: D-G-D-G-B-D (Note: A banjo is tuneed G-D-G-B-D also Open G)

A: E-A-C#-E-A-E (Or try E-A-C#-E-A-C# for slide)

C: C-G-C-G-C-E (Very common in Metal)

D: D-A-D-F#-A-D

E: E-B-E-G#-B-E

There is obviously alot more out there try to expirement and try your own. I also listed only Major keys, if anyone would needs it I can post some minors or crossnote tunings.