Keith Richards guitar tuning

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  • @standup  Feb 23

    I watched a video on how to set it up. It’s easy.

    It’s open G — D. G. D. G. B. D. The D G and B strings are same as standard, so some standard fingerings and chord bits work there.

    There are 3 instant Keef chord shapes you can do easily. Use the Am7 chord shape and you’ve got Brown Sugar, pretty much.

    I’ve now used that tuning on minor guitar parts on 2 songs (neither of which sound like the Stones) and I want to do another where the main guitar part is in that tuning.

    Tag it #keef ?

  • @scottlake  Feb 23

    I’m down for this. I used to do Brown Sugar that way and it will be hard not to do something that way

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 23

    sounds great...
    been meaning to do this for awhile...
    thanks Eric.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 23

    According to Keef, you're meant to take the low string off and play it 5-stringed. Never done it myself. Also... did you know Jagger wrote Brown Sugar by himself? Apparently KR showed him the tuning and for a laugh he wrote the ultimate KR song without KR contributing a note.

  • @chipwithrow  Feb 23

    I haven't done open G on guitar for a while - it's the standard 5-string banjo tuning, and I'm good with that.
    I had an awesome 7th-grade English teacher who also had a weekend radio show - he taught me a lot, but the most important thing he taught me is that Keith plays rhythm guitar. Part of the greatness of the Stones and Beatles (Lennon) is the prominence of the rhythm guitar. Grateful Dead, too, but what Bob Weir does is a whole different beast.
    I'm tuning my guitar to open G right now!

  • @jamkar  Feb 23

    I am altering my Merlin dulcimer guitar accordingly.

  • @wistah  Feb 24

    I did an open G song this year, but for a twist I used a guitar that was strung Nashville, so re-entrent. It was an interesting exercise.

    You can check it here, if interested.

  • @ductapeguy Feb 24

    That was fun.

  • @spikedirection  Feb 24

    This is usually my main tuning, though most of my songs this month seem to be in Open D or C instead. I do it this way:
    G-G-D-G-B-D which is a nice compromise between the dichordant low D and taking the string off! Plus it feels good doing power chords that way.
    Here's some open G punk
    And here's something bluesier

  • @markg  Feb 24

    Something tells me I might be up for this challenge.

  • @fourzeroes  Feb 24

    I often seem to end up in open D, which is like a twin to open G. All your open G moves work, except they're five semitones down and one string over. Plus your sixth string is at the top which seems a lot more useful to me.

    Maybe I'll switch loyalties for one this year...

  • @resonut123 Feb 24

    I use open G tuning a lot and sometimes open G minor (D G D G Bb D) like I did on this tune..

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  • @lowhum Feb 24

    I think there was a post on alternate tunings on one of previous FAWMs - I was personally swayed with Nck Drake's ones.
    It gets better after you play several different ones and it might get you out of THE boxes 😀) Open G is not new - most slide delta blues guys used it. Most eastern instruments with sparse amount of strings (3, sometimes even 2) use different tunings for different folk songs - the tunings are usually bear the name of the province/state or the ruler/emperor at that time...

  • @calumcarlyle  Feb 24

    i think i may have written a blues song many years ago in this tuning but i have been listening to fingerstyle folk stuff recently so my open G tuning song did not turn out bluesy this time, i'm pleased to say.

  • @markg  Feb 25

    Stole some Keef licks. Figured I would channel Mick for the lyrics, but they came out kinda mild. Nonetheless, I call it Keef's Fetish.

  • @misterd Feb 25

    I wouldn’t worry too much about stealing Keith’s riffs . I heard that he got the G tuning and many of his trademark G tune licks from what RY Cooder showed him and stole quite a bit of stuff also from the old black blues musicians in the late 60’s . But it’s all part of the blues tradition to take something and pass it on .

  • @resonut123 Feb 25

    Here is my Open G minor tune...
    You can also get Open D minor by droppjng the F# down to F (D A D F A D). Give those Major & minor Open tunings a try!

  • @spikedirection  Feb 25

    Inadvertently did another Stonesy tune. It was originally meant to be a country thing, but I like where it went.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 25

    I stole Keef's dug-dug-bud tuning like y'all recommended, then didn't play like him at all (I think).

  • @elesimo  Feb 26

    I wrote an ambient song:

    And with this I achieve one of my goals: 14 songs of my own in February! o/

  • @boyatheart  Feb 26

    I had my Squier Tele Custom tuned to open G with 5 strings and I used it on FAWM demos last year and the year before.
    It's currently back in standard tuning.
    I'm planning on building a 5-string open-G guitar from parts to keep permanently that way.
    A lot of Black Crowes songs are played in open G too and I'd love to do a couple of their numbers with my covers band as well as more Stones songs.

  • @chrishope Feb 28

    bumpin this for a personal skirmish near the end so i don't have to tune back x

  • @calumcarlyle  Feb 28

    Well, i ended up writing one in a tuning that isn't the one mentioned at the top OR the G ones mentioned by @resonut123 , purely because I remembered the tuning wrongly when I set up this morning! Anyway, here is the song, which isn't in any of the above tunings:

  • @chrishope Mar 1

    @lowhum what were the nick drake ones?

  • @lowhum Mar 2

    @chrishope check out

    for some examples 😀)

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