Alternative tunings, and more specifically, open tunings on the
In her course, Open Tuning Handbook: Rhythm, Vicki Genfan shows you chord shapes and songs you can start playing in 5 of her fondest open tunings.
Here are 3 free open tuning
Csus2 Tuning & Overview
This is a tuning that has no 3rd in it, hence the feeling of suspension. We can call this Csus2, the 2 being the note D. It can also be referred to as a 9. Some things are a bit confusing when it comes to naming chords. Sorry. The low C makes this tuning very full sounding, but you may find that your 6th string becomes a little loose. It’s OK – just be aware of it and you may choose not to hit the string quite so hard. I use medium gauge strings and that makes it easier to handle the lower tunings (13-56). However, for now you’ll probably be using light strings since that makes playing easier overall. If you decide to use open tunings often, or if you keep one
I vi ii V Etude: Csus2 Performance
Notice how I keep the top strings ringing (1, 2 & 3) throughout this entire etude. You’d be surprised how easy it can be to accidentally mute those strings while you’re changing chords.
I vi ii V Etude: Csus2 Breakdown
The “Travis picking” pattern combines bass notes with syncopated notes on the higher strings. Often times the bass notes are alternating, especially if the root of the chords is on the 6th or 5th strings. This etude adds the hammer-on technique to the basic Travis style picking pattern. If the pattern is new to you, take your time and get it in your hands and fingers before adding the hammer-ons.
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