interesting. Do you think 4 strings guitar is easier for chords? What would be your choice? Or better to have one of each :) I now have a 3, and I doubt if I move to a 4. I'm not a guitar player
Very thanks for your help! :)
Like Ron, I came from 6 strings to 3 and now 4. I suppose the experience would be totally different to someone coming straight to CBG without starting with standard guitar first. I like to have the 4th string just to allow more complexity in sound both with slide and fretting. But that's just me. Someone coming straight to CBG could start with either 3 or 4 and have a great time. But starting with 3 will be less intimidating for a lot of folks and probably easier to develop the coordination needed to play. If you are comfortable with 3 already, I think adding the 4th string will be intuitive for you as long as you stick with opening tuning. You'll have fun being able to add in some cool, higher accent notes. Here's my 3 cents. ;)
1) You can play a 4 string as if it was a 3 string CBG. Just mute the high string (you could simply park a finger from your picking/strumming hand on that high string to silence it). But it's there if you want it.
2) If you know some stuff on 6 string like pentatonic noodling, It's pretty cool that you can bring that over to CBG almost directly. On a 4 string open G, you basically have the middle 4 strings of a 6 string in standard tuning with just the lowest string dropped down a full step from A to G.
CGB: G, D, G, B
6 string: E, (A, D, G, B), E
So you can play 6 string solo stuff from the middle 4 of a 6 string on your CBG just by transposing notes on that lowest string up 2 frets on your CBG. Obviously that applies to 3 string CBG as well, but you'll be pretty limited trying to bring over most solos from 6 string to 3 unless you're really comfortable moving up and down the neck rapidly. With most solos being played on higher notes, it's nice to have that 4th high string to use.
3) Like I said before, even with chords I enjoy the increased fullness in the sound of having the 4th string - you get more tonal complexity.
So in summary, this is just one person's random, ramblings. 3 & 4 are both awesome. If you already like 3, give 4 a try. I bet you'll like it. :)
Thanks! :)you have completing chords chart of gdgb tuning?