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What's your favorite Open tuning for slide?

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(@gchord)
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I've tried Open D and Open G,so far I like Open G the best.I think it it sounds more "narley" than Open D.I'm still a newbie when it comes to playing slide,which means I stink.But I found some help sites and plan on buying some books or dvd's so I can study and practice more.


   
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(@ricochet)
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My favorite's Open D. You can play plenty gnarly in either one. :lol:

A really gnarly feature of Open G is the fifth on the sixth string. Great for turnarounds to land on that low D. Keef messed up bad when he pulled that string off.

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(@steinar-gregertsen)
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For electric stuff I definitely prefer D (or E), but for acoustic work the G tuning can be cool with the low fifth interval (D) on the sixth string, especially when self accompanying. To my ears the D tuning has a somewhat 'darker' vibe to it,- someone (Ry Cooder?) once said that D was "downtown" while G was "uptown". 8)

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(@tinsmith)
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I'm a G fan.

D is next.


   
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(@dogbite)
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open G GBD GBD. have been keeping this tuning for a year now. finding all sorts of cool stuff.

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I like open D. I've been playing it for about half a year.


   
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(@demoetc)
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open G GBD GBD. have been keeping this tuning for a year now. finding all sorts of cool stuff.

Is that the one that's also called 'dobro tuning?'


   
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(@rodders)
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Got to be open G for me, I also can then use the same guitar for Stones tunes :wink:

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(@steinar-gregertsen)
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open G GBD GBD. have been keeping this tuning for a year now. finding all sorts of cool stuff.

Is that the one that's also called 'dobro tuning?'

Yup. Also called 'highbass-G'. Some also refer to it as the 'bluegrass tuning' but that's not fair,- it's just another tuning and you can play whatever you like on it..

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(@dogbite)
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open G GBD GBD. have been keeping this tuning for a year now. finding all sorts of cool stuff.

Is that the one that's also called 'dobro tuning?'

Yup. Also called 'highbass-G'. Some also refer to it as the 'bluegrass tuning' but that's not fair,- it's just another tuning and you can play whatever you like on it..

Steinar

indeed. it is high bass G tuning. typical for dobro. I have that on my national resonator, so I put it on my main lap steel. since I decided to stick to one tuning for awhile I am milking tons from it.
bluegrass, blues, even a version of Sleepwalk. I like that I can play in other keys and jam with the boys.
I have learned how to get a close Em too.

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High bass G (or A) first became popular in America as a lap steel tuning, I think. For Hawaiian music, which used to be hugely popular.

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(@steinar-gregertsen)
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High bass G (or A) first became popular in America as a lap steel tuning, I think. For Hawaiian music, which used to be hugely popular.

Just to be extremely picky :wink: it was lowbass-A, which also was the first tuning the Hawaiians used. They kept the first string in E, as on regular guitar, and tuned from there. I have a Rich Manoloff "Electric Hawaiian Steel Guitar" course from the '30s in lowbass-A, pretty cool stuff..

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(@ricochet)
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That, too, but I still think the first popular use here of high bass G or A was for lap sliding. And that's how it got to bluegrass, through the Hawaiian Dobro.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I've messed around with open D, and - very infrequently - open E. They're esentially the same tuning, but the strings are tighter in open E. Somehow I always end up back in open G though - it seems quicker and easier to tune, and the key suits my voice better.
A really gnarly feature of Open G is the fifth on the sixth string. Great for turnarounds to land on that low D. Keef messed up bad when he pulled that string off.

Maybe, maybe not - take a look at the strings he's using. No D on the 6th string leaves xGDGBD - root, 5th, root, third, fifth. Now look at the bottom five strings in open D - D A D F# A - root, fifth, root, third, fifth. If Keef's chopping and changing from open D (Happy & Honky Tonk Women) to open G (Brown Sugar, Start Me Up) it must make the transition easier, the only difference between the open G without the 6th string and the open D tuning is the extra root note on the first string in open D.

:D :D :D

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(@ricochet)
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Didn't know he was using Open D for Honky Tonk Women. I thought he was in Open G and have it figured out that way.

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