The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49278   Message #744587
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
08-Jul-02 - 04:46 PM
Thread Name: Need Chord Chart for Open C Tuning and..
Subject: RE: Need Chord Chart for Open C Tuning and..
Peter, you are jesting, surely ?

Open C refers to a relationship between the six strings in which the open strings sound a major chord with the tonic note is located on the second string.

Open G refers to a relationship between the six strings in which the open strings sound a major chord with the tonic note is located on the third string.

Open D refers to a relationship between the six strings in which the open strings sound a major chord with the tonic note is located on the first string.

Whether you lower the actual pitch of the note is irrelevant as far as the nomenclature of the tuning is concerned. If you play in Open D tuning and decide to detune the guitar by a tone, you are still playing in Open D, detuned by a tone. (It will sound like crap if you do that, due to excessive decrease in string tension, but that is neither here nor there.)

Murray