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Alternate Tunings Reference

Open G Minor Tuning (D.G.D.G.A#.D)

Used recently in John Renbourn's Orphan and Mist-Covered Mountains of Home, the Open G Minor guitar tuning is probably a descendant of the G minor banjo tuning DGA#D, with the lowest two strings doubled an octave down. The tuning differs from Open G (major) only in the second string, so facility with one is easily transported to the other. Clearly, any chords not using the second string can be played immediately in either the Open G (major) or Open G Minor tunings. To use Open G (major) chords in the minor tuning, play the second string up one fret. Similarly, Open G minor chords can be used in the major tuning by playing the second string one fret down.
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