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    Default Open G

    I have tried searching on this forum and on Google for uke chord shapes in open G without luck. Does anyone have a link, perhaps.

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    Like this?
    https://jonthysell.files.wordpress.c...chordchart.pdf

    I googled "DGBD ukulele tuning" and got quite a few hits.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Like this?
    https://jonthysell.files.wordpress.c...chordchart.pdf

    I googled "DGBD ukulele tuning" and got quite a few hits.
    Thanks, Jim - Exactly that! I Googled 'Open G uke' etc and got nowhere quickly. I never thought to Google DGBD. You are da man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtbaird859@gmail.com View Post
    You are da man.
    de nada
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Genuinely curious because I know very little about alternate tunings [today I learned what open G tuning meant]... Why would you tune to open G?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apdsqueaky View Post
    Why would you tune to open G?
    I don't use it but I can see the logic. Look at the chord chart. Certain chords are a lot easier to make in open G than standard tuning. Of course, some are harder. So if you want to play a song with lots of the easy ones, then maybe you want to consider the open tuning.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Another reason might be to mess with your "standard tuning" mind and discover new musical fields.
    It worked for Joni Mitchell and many others; and it's fun to explore new territory.
    It might also keep dementia away, hooray!!!

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    Very interesting. Thanks for the insight! I suppose [going off of that earlier thread about capos and stuff] that it may sound or feel a little bit different too. I guess I should try it sometime. It'd be an interesting workout in fundamentals and music theory.

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    Open tunings are a lot of fun with a slide!

    There are several that are close enough to GCEA that you don't need to change strings. GBDG is open G and no more than a step off on any string. GCEC is only one and a half steps up on the a string. ACEG is not quite open (it's an inversion of standard) and gives three string barres for both minor and major chords.

    Slides are a also a good alternate when you slice your fretting fingers

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    Open tunings allow for greater freedom to fret melody notes while allowing unfretted strings to ring in key or harmony. Many guitarist who play blues based music use open tunings.
    I like experimenting but I often forget or do not even know what my Uke strings are tuned to. One of these days I'll clip a tuner on and check. Providing the sound is what I want that is what counts.

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