Open G chords

Chords in Open G Tuning

To try the Open G tuning you can find here simple basic chords in the Open G Tuning. With these chords you can play a Blues in G, also with the bottleneck (slide). Of course there are endless chord variations in Open G. But with these simple guitar riffs you can get to know this tuning and just have fun.
The numbers show the intervals in the chords:

1: Root or octave
3: Major third
5: Fifth
7: Minor seventh

Basic chord G

For the simplest guitar grip you don't have to grasp at all. You simply strike the strings, preferably from the 5th string on. Here we already have our G major chord. In the open G tuning, the guitar is tuned to this chord. For our Blues in G this is the Tonic (I).

G major chord in Open G

Simple Barré-chord in Open G: C major

With a simple barré fingering over 5 strings in the 5th fret you get a C major chord. For the Blues in G this is the subdominant (IV).

C major in Open G

Simple Barré-chord in Open G: D major

With a simple barré fingering over 5 strings, but in the 7th fret you get a D major chord. In the Blues in G this is the dominant (V).

D major in Open G

Chords with the minor seventh in Open G

In blues, chords with a small seventh, the so-called dominant seventh chords, are very often used. Here are the chords G7, C7 and D7 in the Open G Tuning.

G7 in Open G
C7 in Open G Tuning
D7 in Open G