From Hal Leonard Guitar Method:
Fingerstyle Guitar (00697378)
open G Tuning
By chAD Johnson
New Ideas for the Blues and Beyond
From the bluesmen of the Delta to the Rolling Stones, open G tuning (low to high, D–G–D–G–B–D)
has seen plenty of action over the years. It not only allows you to play a chord (G major) with absolutely
no fretting but also facilitates the easy, one-finger moveable barre chord. Here’s how to access
open G tuning, from standard tuning:
• Tune your sixth string down one whole step to match the pitch of your open D string.
• Tune your fifth string down one whole step to match the pitch of your open G string.
• Now tune your first string down one whole step to match the pitch of your open D string.
That’s it—you’re in open G.
Let’s take a look at some fresh-sounding chord shapes in this tuning’s home key of G. Notice how the standard I, IV, and V
chords sound fresh and alive again in this tuning.
In this next example, we’re just moving a single chord shape up and down the neck while allowing the open first and second
strings to drone. Listen to the full-sounding chords that result.