Songs in Open C Tuning


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07-10-2007, 02:03 PM
only songs i know right now are both by JBT, Ocean and What You Want

what are some other songs in Open C tuning?
i prefer finger picking songs or just nice sounding chord progressions like What You Want


07-10-2007, 02:15 PM
ahhh my guitar that I'm holding is actually in that tuning, and I just played both of those songs :p:

I'm learning "Betterman" today; it's in open C as well, plus it has some slide it it. Super cool song! I'm sure some of John's other songs are in open C, maybe Zebra? That's just a guess though. Hope that helped :)

edit: heh, I just checked, and it looks like Zebra's in standard. Sorry about that. I think Seeing Angels is the same tuning only a half step down from open C?

07-10-2007, 02:38 PM
jbt - busted

07-10-2007, 06:16 PM
^Zebra is in Open B minor, but pretty much all the other songs of his are in Open C.
If you have a slide, you can try Treat Yo Momma, it's a fun song to learn.

03-04-2009, 10:27 AM
skinny love by bon iver

03-04-2009, 06:04 PM
Ocean Live by John Butler Trio.

Better than the studio recording. Awesome, really mellow.

Free to Guitar
03-05-2009, 12:19 AM
Final Passage by Al Petteway. Also, if you tune to Open Cm(High E to Eb), Whispering Stones by Al is a pretty mellow tune. With a little work, you can even make it pretty sad.

tom the taffer
03-05-2009, 06:02 AM
JBT all the way. 'Pickapart' and 'Life ain't what it seems' are damn good to learn.
Make sure you go on youtube and check out his lessons too.

03-07-2010, 03:27 PM
im pretty sure friends by zeppelin is open c tuning as well (cgcgce) mostly open strumming with a great rhythm fairly easy once you've got it

05-14-2011, 08:43 PM
Devin Townsend

05-14-2011, 09:08 PM
check out Under an Indian Sky if you like John Butlers stuff.

05-15-2011, 12:17 AM
Little Lion Man--Mumford and Sons. That's about the extent of my open C experience.

05-15-2011, 03:07 AM
One short story by Xavier rudd. Played on a weissenborn but easy on guitar just play chords over the top Andy Mckee "Drifting" style
its a different Open C it goes


So it's just Open D down a step, instead of the JBT way

05-15-2011, 08:32 PM
I'm afraid to say this, but...Citizen Soldier by 3 Doors Down...

08-15-2011, 05:13 AM
Question from the Moody Blues is in open c

08-15-2011, 05:21 AM
Ewan Dobson - Time, Orange, Through The Roof, I Know Your Pain etc. Open C tuning and variations of it is like Ewan's standard tuning.

08-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Try Foxglove by Bruce Cockburn and Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin (a minor tweak to the tuning). They're grat

01-19-2012, 03:09 AM
"All the Kings Horses" by Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation is in open C. It's a beautiful song, too.

02-12-2012, 01:18 PM
Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin

mick bracey
01-01-2013, 06:53 PM
Better man by jbt, sounds pretty tricky but it's a lot easier than you think.

01-03-2013, 02:20 AM
King of Spain- Tallest Man on Earth (C G C G C E)
Independence Day- Elliott Smith (C G C E G C)

01-03-2013, 06:15 AM
Bron-yr-aur is in open "G", not C. [dgdgbd]

I'm pretty sure you could find many more songs in open G.

10-23-2013, 05:43 AM
no bron-yr-aur is in open C, at least according to all the tabs I see on the site

11-23-2013, 11:54 PM
Caledonia by Dougie MacLean is in open c, his 'ready for the storm' is in CGCGCD#, and his 'she loves me' is in CGCGCD (I think). Bron-y-aur (not to be confused with bron-y-aur stomp) is in CACGCE, as is Friends, both by Zep. You can do both in open c but its easier the other way and that's how page does it live.

11-28-2013, 11:03 AM
One of my favorite songs in open c, Burden in my hand by Soundgarden (CGCGGE). I can't believe it hasn't been mentioned yet. Awesome song.

06-29-2014, 12:09 PM
Question - Moody Blues

06-30-2014, 10:42 PM
"All the Kings Horses" by Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation is in open C. It's a beautiful song, too.

^^^ this. one of my faves! great pick! There's a dude on youtube even that shows how to play it (very well) in open C.

thanks for reminding me of this great little song. ;)

07-06-2014, 09:39 AM
Ewan Dobson - Time, Orange, Through The Roof, I Know Your Pain etc. Open C tuning and variations of it is like Ewan's standard tuning.

Beat me to it, pretty much all his songs are in open C.

07-06-2014, 03:10 PM
Beat me to it like three years...

07-06-2014, 09:57 PM like three years...

lol, didn't check the date.

07-06-2014, 10:26 PM
Might have been suggested but Devin Townsend's entire discography is in Open C or Open B. Judging my the things being suggested, OP, you would like "Ih-Ah" from "Addicted!" or all of "Ghost".

07-07-2014, 10:16 AM
Standard tuning has always been fine for me.... Too lazy to constantly re-tune...

But "C" is two full steps down from standard.... Doesn't that start to get rather sloppy? I mean, an acoustic guitar needs a certain amount of mechanical energy and tension to work at all.... Don't these very low tunings cause a lot of slap and string buzz and volume loss?

At what point would you just say, "Hmmm, maybe I should buy a baritone?"

02-02-2015, 12:58 AM

02-02-2015, 05:12 AM

That's played in drop D.

02-06-2015, 08:40 PM
That's played in drop D.

Hm, he's probably playing it wrong then.

02-07-2015, 10:30 AM
Hm, he's probably playing it wrong then.

Don't be silly, he's playing in drop D. I know as it's one of my favourite songs and I played it for my college audition a few years ago. ;)

Skip to about 5:10 in this video

05-02-2015, 08:19 AM
Ben Howard has a lot of songs in open C