#1
i understand how drop tuning gets its name, but what makes open tuning "open?"

thanks
#2
It means that when you play all the strings without fretting them it is a particular chord, such as G. Keith Richards frequently employs this tuning to make fretting chords easier.
#3
"Open" tunings mean when you play the open strings it plays a chord.

Open G and open D are the two most common ones.

Open G

e - down 1 tone   -   D
b - (leave)            -  B
G - (leave)            -  G
D - (leave)            -  D
A - down 1 tone   -  G
E - down 1 tone   -  D


The notes G B D are in the chord of G Major.

Open D

e - down 1 tone       -   D
b - down 1 tone       -   A
G - down 1/2 tone    - F#
D - (leave)                -  D
A - (leave)                 -  A
E - down 1                -  D


The notes D F# A are in the chord of D Major

(Note: I've tried to make it look better but it isn't having it.)
#4
An open tuning means that if you strum all the strings without fretting any note, you will hear a Major chord. Open tuning=Major chord. Open G = Gmajor.
My Setup:

Epiphone SG G-400
Epiphone Explorer
Ibanez RX
Gardisten Aucustic
Line-6 Spider III head
Line-6 4x12 Cab
Zoom G1 Multi-effect(sucks big time!)
#5
^It doesnt have to be a major chord. There are open tunings for minor and other chords.

Open Dm: DADFAD
Open Dsus4: DADGAD
#6
so in other words, with open tuning, i can just barre and make a chord? i suppose all the chord shapes in standard tuning are out the window!
#8
Quote by tom183
^It doesnt have to be a major chord. There are open tunings for minor and other chords.

Open Dm: DADFAD
Open Dsus4: DADGAD


If that is true, the my bad. I thought that other chords than Majors were called alternate tunings.
My Setup:

Epiphone SG G-400
Epiphone Explorer
Ibanez RX
Gardisten Aucustic
Line-6 Spider III head
Line-6 4x12 Cab
Zoom G1 Multi-effect(sucks big time!)