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No that's not dumb if you don't know this, i'll explain.
You don't realy have to retune your guitar. (tunning 7 fret's up or 5 down would probebly require another string set-up than you have now btw. Assuming you'r using the 5th 4th and 3rd string (Adg) they would either snap or slack too much, you'd need to change to 6th 5th and 4th (low EAD) if you realy want to do it that way)
DAd tunning is a 151 tunning meaning your thickest string is the rootnote, your middle the 5th and the thinnest is another 1 but an octave higher, GDg is exactly the same only higher in pitch. If you take your Gdg (open G) tuned cbg an put a capo on fret 7 you'd have DAd (open D) tunning :)
It's basicly the same 3 string powerchord, the actual note doesn't matter, the mechanic's are exactly the same. It's if the pitch is comfortable for your vocal range to sing in what's important, might be G or a or f whatever is most comfortable for you but as long staying with the 151 tunning's you can do exactly what Lenny does in the video.
Hope this help's.
Ballymack said:OK I like it but this is going to sound dumb. I'm in GDG so do I tune up or down to DAD
Bluesdog said:KnotLenny does a badass version of Chuck Berry's Maybeline further up in this instructional video.
The song start's @ 3:52 but the lesson is good to so it might help you.
3 chord's, no pick'in ) but very cool. :)
Very soon, in an upcoming lesson on 4 string CBG, I will be teaching a lesson on chords.
Here is the basic problem about learning to play guitar:
I should start by saying I was guilty of doing this too. You buy chord books or find fingering charts and proceed to try to figure out songs. This does work, but in a very superficial way. It gets old quick.
The major problem is not having a reference system. You don't know what chords go together or actually where to find them.
My intention is not to make this complicated, but to offer a clear approach that will have a snowball effect.
It is my hope that this will demystify chords and produce better players.
Considering there are no standard string arrangments or tunings going on here at the nation is the first issue.
This is why undertanding theory makes a lot of sense. It is applicable to a wide variety of choices.
Most times theory is taught in the key of C. The key of C is the master key (no sharps, no flats).
I will teach in the key of G. Using my 4 string CBG tuned Dgbd, but I will clearly show how to apply this to different keys or different string arrangements to complete the picture. Understand there is a relativity between the keys. If you can play in one key correctly, playing in other keys is not that difficult to understand.
Please stay tuned. Enjoy.
Michael, my knowledge of chords and stuff is extremely basic too.A muso friend of mine wrote this out for me when I made my first CBG,tuned DGDG (open G),and you just move down to whatever chord you are tuned to and start from there. G ( open)
G# etc etc
Just move the starting (open) chord to whatever you're tuned to and go down from there. Hope that helped,it sure made it a lot clearer for me.