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Why Not A Major Triad?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Jun 18. 15 Replies

Hi! I'm Bill, a 68 year old geezer, who always wanted to play guitar, but my fingers were too fat to make a chord!I saw a cigar box guitar online, and saw the generous string spacing, and said…Continue

 

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Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Thanks, JL For GBD, here are the 1,4,5, relative minor and seventh: C maj  5| x | - | - | - | - || x | - | - | - | - || x | - | - | - | - | F maj  5  6  7| - | - | x | - | - || - | x | - | - | - || x | - | - | - | - | G maj …"
Jun 18
JL replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Major chord open tuning does in fact give you easy access to all 4 chord shapes"
Jun 17
TN Twang replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Funny you should ask... I never cared much for strumming GBD tuning because of the "parallel fifths" sound getting monotonous. Like the others here, I preferred Gdg or dgb or f#ad'. Then I stumbled across Bill Evans's book…"
Jun 12
Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Tried to confuse me with the 1,5,8 instead of 1,5,1, eh? Took me a second, but I figured it out. :-) Working on this song today: transposed to where chords are F C Am A# and C https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/deluge/open_up_the_sky_chords_781776"
Jun 3
Cause the Blue rat replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"The 1, 5, 8 tuning is a starting point. With every different open tuning there's different music to be had. Even tuning three or four stings in standard tuning works. "
Jun 3
Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Thanks, John. Will do.I don't foresee much sliding, hopefully some fingerpicking and strumming."
Jun 3
Uncle John replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"You sound like you have more music theory than I do.  There are a great many tunings used and I think yours makes an open G.  I think if you are just sliding it might be great, but like Korigan said, if you want to do some finger chords…"
Jun 3
Paul Craig replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"I use the 1"x 2" boards for my necks(actual 3/4"x 1&1/2") and I have the short fat fingers too. Which is why I played Rhythm guitar using power chords. LOL  Remember that 6 string guitars are usually 1&11/16" or…"
Jun 3
Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Hi, Paul. Thanks. I am enjoying learning playing this thing, and have been pleasantly surprised to find out that at least on simple songs, I can actually sing and play at the same time! There may be a 4-string in my future, if the string spacing…"
Jun 2
Korrigan replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Not trying to talk you out of more guitars but...If you are in open G (151, GDG) it's really easy to tune to open D major (513, ADF#)."
Jun 2
Paul Craig replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Basically these are usually tuned 1-5-1(old Rock power chords) for the simplicity, but you can tune to what you want. I prefer 4 strings that I tune 1-5-1-3. That way I can add a 3rd when I want and makes playing with 4rths and 7ths easier. Welcome."
Jun 2
Bill replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion The Barnwood "Mountain Tenor" Guitar - Built by Shane Speal from a C. B. Gitty kit
"Sounds great to my ears! What makes it a Tenor guitar, as opposed to standard (haha) CBG? Can you guess what the string spacing would be on the 4-stringer? Signed, Fatfingered Bill"
Jun 2
Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Hello BD. Yep, GDG is pretty friendly, and I don't see me abandonong it. I guess the only reasonable solution is to have more than one guitar! :-D"
Jun 2
Bill replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Thanks for the input, Korrigan. I love the "there's no wrong way" perspective with CBGs :-) I will be able to use the two-note harmonized scales I am familiar with. Happy picking!"
Jun 2
Blind Doughboy replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"I'd venture a guess that most CBGs are tuned to some sort of open tuning. There are countless variations that approximate a chord, such as GDG, AEA, DAD, EBE.  Makes it very easy if you want to just strum along and play basic slide. But,…"
Jun 2
Korrigan replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"It's not a dead end at all! Though I prefer 513 tuning (open G would be DGB for example). The chord fingering is easier in my opinion."
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