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EGDGCD Tuning – Key of G Major

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Today is alt tuning #6 since starting on January 1, 2016. My open string notes are:


The open chord is G 6sus (notes G, C, D and E), which will be the basis for today’s alt tuning blog post.

The video below is an excerpt from my song, “Alive Tonight” in alt tuning EGDGCD in the key of G Major. The rest of the blog post below the video will have detailed instructions and screenshots illustrating the chords I play.

In this video, I basically only play three different chords: G Maj -3 (without the B note), G 6sus and A m7add11.

Here is a screenshot of G Maj -3:

This chord is basically just 2 notes, G and D. I do not play the B note which is the (3) note of the G Major chord.

I play string 6/fret 3, string 2/fret 2 and the other strings (5, 4, 3 and 1) open.

Now let’s look at the G 6sus chord:

I play a total of four different finger positions of G 6sus in my chord progression:

Here is the first position:

  • String 6 – Fret 3 (G)
  • String 5 – Open (G)
  • String 4 – Open (D)
  • String 3 – Open (G)
  • String 2 – Open (C)
  • String 1 – Fret 2 (E)

Here is the second position:

  • String 6 – Open (E)
  • String 5 – Fret 5 (C)
  • String 4 – Fret 5 (G)
  • String 3 – Fret 5 (C)
  • String 2 – Open (C)
  • String 1 – Open (D)

Here is the third position:

  • String 6 – Open (E)
  • String 5 – Fret 9 (E)
  • String 4 – Fret 10 (C)
  • String 3 – Open (G)
  • String 2 – Open (C)
  • String 1 – Open (D)

Finally, here is the fourth position:

  • String 6 – Fret 8 (C)
  • String 5 – Open (G)
  • String 4 – Fret 10 (C)
  • String 3 – Open (G)
  • String 2 – Open (C)
  • String 1 – Open (D)

I play the third and fourth positions of G 6sus as variations to the first two positions I play. It’s amazing how many different sounds you can get out of the same chords (and same notes). That’s one of the things I like best about playing in alternate tuning.

I also play the chord A m7add11:

This chord really helps break up the “G” sounding chords in my chord progression. There are so many interesting voicings and finger positions of A m7add11 in EGDGCD tuning.

Here is the finger position I chose to play:

  • String 6 – Fret 5 (A)
  • String 5 – Fret 5 (C)
  • String 4 – Fret 5 (G)
  • String 3 – Open (G)
  • String 2 – Fret 5 (G)
  • String 1 – Open (D)

Until next time…

~Scott Quillin

Did you know? Scott started playing guitar when he was 14 years old back in 1982. A Pittsburgh native, Scott resides in Rhode Island where he teaches guitar, bass, music and songwriting. He also records and mixes songs for local bands and artists as well as his own music. He writes and records nearly every day and has a real passion to help others hear their “inner voice” and express that in songs.

You can listen to more of Scott’s music at

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