Easy finger chording with zero to 2 strings fretted. GDGD tuning which makes an open G. I used the 5th, 4th, third and first strings from a standard set of strings for the LPG and the mandolin.

There would be other sawmill type tunings, such as DADA for open D using the low four strings from a six string set- the finger chords would be G and A and Bm.

EBEB for open E tuning - also using the low four from a six string set. The finger chords would then be A and B and Cm.

And there would be more. It is all about strings relationships to their fellow strings.

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Comment by Uncle John on April 23, 2021 at 10:14am

Thanks Rick and Doug.  GDGD sawmill is specialized for the key of G.  Yup, Rick.  I get too uptight sometimes performing or videoing.  Trying to get over that.

Comment by Doug Thorsvik on April 23, 2021 at 9:32am

Sawmill tuning makes for easy playing in G. This was new info for me. Is it difficult to play songs in other keys without resorting to 1-finger bar chords on all four strings?

Comment by Richard Sundberg on April 20, 2021 at 8:56am

Thanks Uncle, very informative. Your a good teacher, one of your many strengths. I noticed also when your teaching your a lot more relaxed and natural in playing the guitar. That was smooth sliding! 

Comment by Uncle John on April 19, 2021 at 1:37pm

LOL on the windmill style, Andries.   I don't know who came up with the term sawmill or why they came up with it.  Yup, there are different ways to get the same open tuning.  

Comment by A.D.EKER on April 19, 2021 at 11:47am

i tryed that , on my four CBG , but it dont sound like when you do it, will try my mando to!   but its sure handy to name your style , couse my open E is differend then your Open E , i have a G# in there!

Like the song say's "Every bird sings , like it is beeked", string relation ! you mean harmony? and why the name sawmill? i never see you play like that guy from the Who ? Pete Townsend , o no thats wind mill !  sawmill still dont get it ???

Comment by Uncle John on April 18, 2021 at 6:38pm

Thanks, Brian.  I don't know much about bass playing, but enough to think chords are not usually used.  I have a good old friend we used to critter-sit when he was out of town.  He has a big old dog house bass and I would thump on it a bit when we fed cats, dog and birds.

Thanks, Alan,.  I think they call it AGP tuning in the southern hemi-sphere.  

Comment by AGP # on April 18, 2021 at 6:02pm

Very informative 'UJ', just counted 4 of my builds tuned in what I now know as Sawmill Tuning, thanks for enlightening me!    :-)

Comment by BrianQ. on April 18, 2021 at 4:30pm

Yes uncle, the bassline of the song was comprised almost entirely with chords. I don’t know how, but it just worked?

Comment by Uncle John on April 18, 2021 at 4:20pm

BQ, I would call that a form of sawmill.  IVIV.   Probably no chords used with the bass?  Thanks.

Thanks, Dave.  For me, on quick changes the finger chords work better than sliding.  

Comment by Dave Lynas on April 18, 2021 at 3:40pm

Nice stuff Unc. That’s my usual tuning. Your chords are something new for me. That’s nice. Fresh alternatives. I learned something from Unc. John. :*)

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