Hey all,

I got my first "resonator" CBG today. My builder used the higher strings from a 6-string set so that I would get more of a banjo sound, and that is why this new git is tuned to DGB. I've only been playing CBG for less than a year, and my first CBG is tuned to GDG. I am totally use to that tuning, so this new DGB tuning is throwing me off. LOL, I can't play any of my GDG songs on this new git.

Months back I downloaded the GDG chord sheets from CB Gitty, but now I am wondering how to play chords with this new DGB tuning. Does anyone know where I can find them? Any help would be appreciated.

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well DGB is the middle of standard tuning.  EADGBE  so off the top A open chord Am,A7 etc will all be exactly the same. then the A form is movable so those same patterns work as you move up the neck. check out a standard tuning chord chart you should be able to use a few of the chord shapes.... basically play one and see if it sounds ok. an A would be all 3 strings fretted at the second fret. open strings should be a G. root of cord is on the middle string for this. Am would be second fret D string ,second fret G string and first fret E string.

open is G second fret A , fourth fret B,fifth fret C,seventh fret D, ninth fret E tenth fret F and 12th fret G again.

i'm sure if i am wrong someone will correct me ... lol

this is a great tuning and i now have to build 2 more guitars ... one for DGB and one for GDG. my first build had a short scale and it tunes best to DAD which turned out brilliant for irish stuff..lol

Ugh...as a novice this is Chinese to me.

I really wish someone out there would produce some chord sheets for these different tunings. It would make things so much easier to learn.

I think I can produce them, I just don't know exactly how.  DGB is a great tuning, where you can easily play major, minor, and augmented chords. 

Snuffy, easy answer is to print off banjo chords (where the 4 main strings are DGBD and mark through the small string portion so you just use the big 3 strings.  Good tuning.  Versatile.

Can someone look over this chart? I just downloaded Richard's link, and made edits to it in Photoshop. I shaved off the two outer banjo strings. I don't think this is right though, based on Uncle John's comment above...as A major, A sharp, and B major are the same now...this can't be right. I deleted all the fingering numbers...folks can figure that out themselves. I have no idea what the blue notes are at the bottom of the sheet. Let me know, and I'll make the correct edits and we'll have a nice DGB chart:

You're on the right track with this Snuffy. Those blue dots you questioned are alternate ways to play those D chords. You can play the open string or finger that note depending on how you want the chord to sound. The chart isn't showing any G chords though. The open strings make a G chord and you might be able to figure out the other G chords with experimentation.

Thank you Jim! And thanks for letting me know what the blue notes are. LOL, I didn't even notice the G chords were missing. So let me get this straight...on DGB tuning, all three strings played open is a G chord? I'm confused why A major, A sharp and B major are all fingered the same. This can't be right. What's up with that? Are they correct?

Guys, I have the ability to create charts of all these tunings. I'm a tech illustrator, so I could pump out chord sets of all these various tunings, and bundle them into one pdf. It would be an invaluable resource for CBG beginners, and just anyone who wants to venture away from the standard Open G, DGD tuning. I just don't know where to plot the fingerings.

Are there any mistakes on the DGB chart that I uploaded on this thread? If so, let me know, I can fix it and re-upload.

Uncle John said the B7 looks suspect. I can edit this. What should it look like?

That's right Snuffy - open strings are G chord. Barring across all 3 strings gives 1st fret G#, 2nd fret A, 3rd fret A#, 4th fret B, and another way to play a C chord if you barre across fret 5.

Looks to me like that 3rd string 5th fret needs to be moved down to the 4th fret for the B7 Snuffy.

Cool. Thanks. And updated. Now all I need to figure out is the fingering for the E, F and G chords. So why does A major, A sharp and B major read the same?

They are fingered the same but on different frets. Since your git is tuned to an open chord (G), playing all three strings at the same fret (be it the third, fifth, 16th, whatever) will produce a major chord. Moving along the different frets determines which chord.

Make sense?

He got that part figured out(later post next page) we're working on some of the other duplicates, minors versus minor 7"s, which requiring a 4th note sometimes gets tricky to decide which one to eliminate, I usually keep the root, the minor, and the 7th or 9th depending the chord sacrificing the 3rd or 5th of the major chord.

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