There are 12 keys of music. Using numbers to represent the 8 notes that makes up their respective major scales, it is easier to understand the tunings. These three are the most common open tunings mainly because they can be achieved using a standard guitar string configuration (EADGBE) They are called "open" because they produce a major chord when strummed. A major chord requires 3 notes (1,3,5) from the major scale.

Vestapol Tuning: 151351 aka Open D (DADf#ad)
Spanish Tuning: 515135 aka Open G (DGDgbd)
Open C Tuning: 151513 (CGCgce)

Any grouping of these three notes creates a "triad" (basic 3 note chord). The musical distance between two notes is called an "interval" and when these triads are strummed, the different configurations produce their own unique "voice". Two notes played at the same time are called "double stops". They can be thought of as a little chord fragments. 

Notice the 3 major chord variations found in the above tunings:
135, 351, 513
A major chord contains three intervals:
Example: 513 = 5-1, 1-3, 5-3

I routinely use these tunings on Cigar Box Guitar:
3 string: 151/GDg and 513/ADf# (Key of G and D)
4 string: 5135/Dgbd (Key of G)

With a little study of the above 6 string tunings, it is easy to realize my CBG tunings are based on these tunings. Of course, by keeping the same tone configurations, I can restring or retune to any key.

CD2 (Open G - 6 string - DGDgbd), CD 4 (G5 tuning - 3 string - GDg), and CD5 (Open G - 4 string - Dgbd) comprise a comprehensive course of applying Open G on three different instruments. Exploring in this way really opened up the fingerboard for me. After exploring CBG, I never looked at the full 6 string fingerboard the same way again.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/njmikeb/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_from&...

Views: 1126

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

Neck mortising jig

Started by Rough Cut Tom in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Rough Cut Tom on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Ukulele & piezo

Started by James Pobog in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Jan 11. 1 Reply

Fun with a 2x4 Bass - Build Your Own

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by James Pobog Jan 9. 30 Replies

Blog Posts

Dual lap steel

Posted by Ron Lutz on January 9, 2020 at 2:42pm 2 Comments

My 3 Gitty Kits

Posted by Poorness Studios on January 8, 2020 at 9:20am 2 Comments

My CBG details

Posted by Paul scofield on January 1, 2020 at 9:22am 2 Comments

Latest Activity

Kevin Keating posted a discussion

Piezo pup handling noise

I recently built a cigar box kalimba and used a round piezo attached with two-way tape to the…See More
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on John's video
Thumbnail

Your Candle St Louis CBG Song Writers Contest - Still Livin' the Blues

"Tear in the eye good.  Great song and performance.   Song has some rock and Gospel…"
2 hours ago
John commented on John's video
2 hours ago
smilingdog1 liked John's video
2 hours ago
smilingdog1 commented on John's video
Thumbnail

Your Candle St Louis CBG Song Writers Contest - Still Livin' the Blues

"John's song writing skills and amazing vocals by Heather Carter & Mary Spires won 1st…"
2 hours ago
3 String Guitars commented on 3 String Guitars's video
3 hours ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

Lunar Lunch Pail

"Gracias Danny.Thanks Denbo,Quirky is where I live,High praise comin from you Andries..Preciate that…"
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked 3 String Guitars's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on 3 String Guitars's video
Thumbnail

Cigar Box Guitar - Aviator - 3 string guitar - Deep Slide Amped up Blues

"I love this one John. It makes me think of my Dad. Beautiful play."
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked Miku's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Miku's video
Thumbnail

Miku Cigar box guitar ODEON

"Magic show and great sound ! A masterpiece !"
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked John's video
3 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2020   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->