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Open Guitar Tuning - Audio Tuners and Tips

Open guitar tuning is a form of alternate tuning (from the standard E A D G B e) based around the notes of a major or minor chord.

When you're in open E tuning, for example, if you strum across all 6 strings open (without fretting), you will hear the chord E major.

Open tuning allows you to barre your finger across all 6 strings at any fret to get a full-voiced major or minor chord. Take a look at what you can do with this...

open tuning video screenshot

The advantage of open tuning is you can use the fact it's already tuned to a chord as a base and your other fingers are freed up to build on that chord with interesting extensions.

It's also used by bottle neck slide players, as you can apply the bottle neck across 5 or 6 strings to create that sliding chord effect.

Open guitar tuning can get you some rich sounds and different colors than we're used to with standard tuning. It's by no means a replacement for standard tuning, but something to have fun experimenting with.

Use the tuners below or try the flashier open guitar tuning tool here.

small chevron Open A Tuning

small chevron Open C Tuning

small chevron Open D Tuning

small chevron Open E Tuning

small chevron Open G Tuning


Open A guitar tuner - E A E A C# E

Click each string to hear and tune up.

Playing all 6 strings unfretted in open A tuning sounds an A major chord.

e
C#
A
E
A
E

Tuning to Open A without a tuner

Sometimes you don't have a tuner (or this website!) handy. No problem. Assuming you're in standard tuning (or near enough), learn the following steps for future reference...

Open A minor tuning

There's just one note that determines whether a chord/tuning is major or minor (the major or minor 3rd interval). In this case, we flatten the C# string one half step to a minor 3rd - C

Click the string below to tune...

C


Open C guitar tuner - C G C G C E

Click each string to hear and tune up.

Playing all 6 strings unfretted in open C tuning sounds a C major chord.

e
C
G
C
G
C

Tuning to Open C without a tuner

No tuner/access to the internet? No problem! The below steps will teach you how to get into open C from standard tuning...

Open C minor tuning

Here, we simply flatten the e string to a minor 3rd - Eb (E flat)

Click the string below to tune...

Eb


Open D guitar tuner - D A D F# A D

Click each string to hear and tune up.

Playing all 6 strings unfretted in open D tuning sounds a D major chord.

d
A
F#
D
A
D

Tuning to Open D without a tuner

Follow the below steps to tune to open D from standard tuning...

Open D minor tuning

There is just one note that determines whether a chord/tuning is major or minor (the 3rd tone of the major scale). In this case, we flatten the F# string to a minor 3rd - F

Click the string below to tune...

F


Open E guitar tuner - E B E G# B E

Click each string to hear and tune up.

Playing all 6 strings unfretted in open E tuning sounds an E major chord.

e
B
G#
E
B
E

Tuning to Open E without a tuner

Follow these steps to tune to open E from standard tuning...

Open E minor tuning

There is just one note that determines whether a chord/tuning is major or minor (the 3rd tone of the major scale). In this case, we flatten the G# (G sharp) string to a minor 3rd - G

Click the string below to tune...

G


Open G guitar tuner - D G D G B D

Click each string to hear and tune up.

Playing all 6 strings unfretted in open G tuning sounds a G major chord.

d
B
G
D
G
D

Tuning to Open G without a tuner

Follow these steps to tune to open G from standard tuning...

Open G minor tuning

There is just one note that determines whether a chord/tuning is major or minor (the 3rd tone of the major scale). In this case, we flatten the B string to a minor 3rd - Bb

Click the string below to tune...

Bb


Open tuning chords

Obviously, when you tune out of standard tuning (E A D G B e), any chord forms you knew in standard tuning will sound completely different.

index finger barre diagramOpen tuning allows you simply to barre your index finger across all 6 strings to create a "base" major or minor chord (depending on whether you're in open major or open minor tuning).

You can then use your other fingers to add notes to that base chord.

The below open tuning chord table will show you what this base/barre chord will be at diffrent frets for different open tunings. Remember, the 12th fret is the octave of the open strings, so we get the same notes at the 12th fret as the open strings.

Tuning            Fret > 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Open A Major
Open A Minor
Bb
Bbm
B
Bm
C
Cm
C#
C#m
D
Dm
Eb
Ebm
E
Em
F
Fm
F#
F#m
G
Gm
Ab
Abm
A
Am
Open C Major
Open C Minor
C#
C#m
D
Dm
Eb
Ebm
E
Em
F
Fm
F#
F#m
G
Gm
Ab
Abm
A
Am
Bb
Bbm
B
Bm
C
Cm
Open D Major
Open D Minor
Eb
Ebm
E
Em
F
Fm
F#
F#m
G
Gm
Ab
Abm
A
Am
Bb
Bbm
B
Bm
C
Cm
C#
C#m
D
Dm
Open G Major
Open G Minor
Ab
Abm
A
Am
Bb
Bbm
B
Bm
C
Cm
C#
C#m
D
Dm
Eb
Ebm
E
Em
F
Fm
F#
F#m
G
Gm
Open E Major
Open E Minor
F
Fm
F#
F#m
G
Gm
Ab
Abm
A
Am
Bb
Bbm
B
Bm
C
Cm
C#
C#m
D
Dm
Eb
Ebm
E
Em


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