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shooter
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Hey Guys and Gals...

I just found out how to tune my guitar to an open G tuning and can now succesfully barre the C,D chords with the G being open chord.(no Laughing here...I just turned 46 and I've been busy!)

I also have a songbook that is geared towards just those three chords, my question is how do I figure out the strum patterns for the songs?

I could really use some help here...I have always wanted to play the guitar..have had some lessons and can read music and play simple melody lines,but I want to hear those resounding chordal tunes.


   
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Musenfreund
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Welcome to the asylum!

Open G is a lot of fun, and if you like Keith Richards' playing, you'll find a number of Stones tunes that use this tuning.

You'll find the strum patterns by listening to the rhythm of the song. If you're just starting out, they can be a bit difficult to catch. Try tapping out the rhythm to get a sense. After a while, when you've become comfortable with changing chords, you'll find it gets much easier to come up with a workable strum pattern.

This site: Dansm's sample strum patterns can be helpful when you're trying out different strums. Eventually this will come much more easily to you.

Have fun with the open G tuning!

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
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Ricochet
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While you're in Open G, you may want to experiment with sliding some, too. It's great fun! Here's something to get you started: http://bigroadblues.com/slide/index.html

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


   
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shooter
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To Musenfreund, Thanks for the reply and I think the key word is "workable" strum pattern...... It is a little difficult for me at this stage to "hear" patterns,but I have caught myself "listening" rather intently to the music instead of the words all the time now.

To Ricochet, Great site...Thanks. I need to work on a few things before I can fully appreciate the slide aspect.

What I could use though, is a few suggestions on G,C,D chord songs and strumming patterns to try out in this "open G Tuning"

I need to be able to play at least 2 songs that my wife will recognize before she wonders why I have a new Ibanez Artcore Guitar And A new Vox Valvtronic Amp. As Long As I'm "progressing" She's Happy.

All I can Ask is "PLEASE" Help...........Any More Suggestions Would Be Very Appreciative....Thanks To All.


   
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Badlands53
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Here are some that I like to do in Open G (usually w/ a slide)

Good Riddance- Green Day
Last Kiss- Pearl Jam
This Hard Land- Bruce Springsteen
Stolen Car- Springteen

The first two use the Em chord too, the last two are just G, C, D.

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teleplayer324
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there's "Country Honk" by the Stones G C D

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Taso
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You should check out a lot of Stones tabs. As Musen said, many of their songs are in open G.

I totally hear you about the "listening to music more than the words" thing. I'm a huge Billy Joel fan (I'm from New York, haha) and after I started playing guitar, I noticed so much more in his music, lots of guitar stuff that I'd never heard before. It really opened up a lot for me.

http://taso.dmusic.com/music/


   
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teleplayer324
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Since we're talking Open G and the Stones, here's Honky Tonk Women tabbed for open G

Honky Tonk Women

|------|---------|...|---------|-----0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|---------|

|------|---------|...|---------|---------------|-----------------|---------|

|----0-|-0---0-0-|...|-0---0-0-|-0---4-2-0-2-0-|-4-2-0---0-2-0-0-|-0---0-0-|

|----0-|-0---0-0-|...|-0---0-0-|-0-------------|-------2---------|-0---0-0-|

|------|---------|...|---------|---------------|-----------------|---------|

|------|---------|...|---------|---------------|-----------------|---------|

C G A D

|------------|---------|-----5-3-0-0--|---------|---------|---------|

|------------|-5---6-6-|-5------------|---------|-----3-2-|-7---8-8-|

|-0--------0-|-5---5-5-|-5---0-0-0-3b-|-0-------|-2---2-2-|-7---7-7-|

|-0--------0-|-5---7-7-|-5------------|-0-------|-2---4-2-|-7---9-9-|

|-----0-3b---|-5---5-5-|-5------------|-0---0-1-|-2---2-2-|-7---7-7-|

|------------|---------|--------------|---------|---------|---------|

G C G

|------------|---------|--------|---------|-----5-3-0-0--|----------|

|-7----------|---------|--------|-5---6-6-|-5------------|----------|

|-7--------0-|-----0-0-|------0-|-5---5-5-|-5---0-0-0-3b-|-0------0-|

|-7--------0-|-----0-0-|------0-|-5---7-7-|-5------------|-0------0-|

|-7---0-3b---|-0-------|-0-3b---|-5---5-5-|-5------------|-0-0-3b---|

|------------|---------|--------|---------|--------------|----------|

G

|-------------|----...

|-7-----------|----...

|-7-------(7)-|-0--...

|-7---(7)-----|-0--...

|-7-----------|-0--...

|-------------|----...

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tinsmith
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Richards used to call it, "That banjo tuning."


   
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careyr
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Hi Shooter. Check out this great (and free!) book. It teaches you how to play guitar starting with Open G tuning. You'll learn some basic 1-finger songs from very early on in the course.

http://www.ezfolk.com/guitar/howtao/folk-guitar.html

Hope this helps,

Bob

That almost sounded musical. Thanks Guitar Noise!


   
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teleplayer324
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Since there seems to be alot of interest in Open G and slide lately I just did a quick recording and threw it up here:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/2/teleplayer_music.htm
Slidin Country Blues. Feel free to play with it any way you like

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Ricochet
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Fun stuff, TP!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


   
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teleplayer324
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glad you liked it. didn't come out to bad for one off, no fixes

Immature? Of course I'm immature Einstein, I'm 50 and in a Rock and ROll band.

New Band site http://www.myspace.com/guidedbymonkeys


   
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