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[MUSIC].
Okay, in this lesson, we're gonna switch
gears just a little bit, and
look at another tuning that we can use.
What we're gonna do is we're gonna look at
the G tuning.
So, G major.
[MUSIC].
And this tuning here is the one that
you'll find commonly used in Bluegrass,
and in Dobro playing.
And if you look at the rest of my
curriculum,
the Dobro curriculum this is the tuning
that I use most of the time.
So the open D tuning that we have been
using is great for
blues some pretty stuff.
This G tuning here is very versatile, and
you can use it for
a lot of different things.
So the tuning itself is a higher pitch
tuning than the D tuning.
The D tuning is pretty low.
You know, you've got that low D.
And so everything's a little bit tighter
on this one.
Things are pitched higher.
You've got a G, so this low string on the
D tuning, it's all the way down to a D.
It goes up to a G, B, D,
and then G, B, D again.
So, the nice thing about this tuning is
you've got, basically,
a triad, one G major triad and then, the
same triad up an octave.
So the cool thing, if you remember this
is, anything you play on the lowest
three strings, is the same on the highest
three strings.
So when you learn something, you know,
you're kind of learning it twice.
You're learning it in two different spots
on the instrument.
So G, B, D, G, B, D and what I'll do when
I
tune usually, is I'll tune
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the G notes and the D notes first.
So maybe I'll start with this third string
G, get that in tune.
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Then tune the high D string.
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Tune the lower D string, the fourth
string.
And then the low G string and just get all
of those, one, three, four and
six all in tune, and
then I come back and tune the second and
fifth strings, the two B strings.
And I tend to make those just a little bit
flat.
If you tune those straight up to a tuner,
it can have a little bit of a strange
sound.
I, I, I know it sounds odd, but,
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so this B is just a little bit flat to
a tuner.
[MUSIC].
But it sounds very constant.
So you can experiment with that.
You know, if you're playing a chord
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and you have the B strings tuned straight
up and down to a tuner, it's gonna sound a
little shrill.
So, you, you know, just, just back it off
just a little bit from what the tuner says
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and get a really
nice even
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smooth sound for this G chord.
[MUSIC].
So we'll go ahead and get into some songs,
but
I just wanted to give you a quick overview
of the G major tuning.
It'll take you just a little bit to get
comfortable with it, but
once we get playing some songs in it
you'll you'll,
you'll feel right at home on this G
tuning.
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