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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Double C chords please

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mandohead - Posted - 02/02/2010:  20:53:55

I'm really enjoying the Double C tuning but could use some chords that are workable- I found some but you'd have to be a crazy jazz guitarist to use most of them.

I want to be able to work around the chords when playing some contemporary stuff etc

I've played octave mandoline for a while so I do have some stretch with the left hand...

If you've got chords for the G sawmill tuning (g DGCD) it would be great also


Bill Rogers - Posted - 02/02/2010:  21:33:42

There's an ongoing (or just ended) discussion of Double-C chords on the Banjo List. Charles Kratz permitted posting of his Double-C chord chart here:

Banjo-L takes off in different discussion directions than the Hangout, in part because it is limited to just that: discussion. You can sign up via

For Sawmill chords, just use G chords with the 2d string one fret south.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 02/02/2010 21:38:06

Plinkerton - Posted - 02/02/2010:  22:23:08

Here's Mike Iverson's common banjo chords for lots of different tunings also.

vernob - Posted - 02/03/2010:  03:19:58

I always think of double C tuning as a melody oriented tuning and G tuning as a chord oriented tuning.

Kitt - Posted - 02/03/2010:  06:02:56

Watch Cathy's videos on her Banjo meets World.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 02/03/2010:  09:09:42

Originally posted by vernob

I always think of double C tuning as a melody oriented tuning and G tuning as a chord oriented tuning.

That one was wrung out on Banjo-L. Generated both heat and light.

vernob - Posted - 02/03/2010:  11:42:48

I feel the heat but I weigh too much so I'm not so light. Sorry. It really is what I think. Sorry again.

oldwoodchuckb - Posted - 02/03/2010:  15:17:35

00002 C major (capoed 2 = D major)
02020 G major - actually lacks a third
0x420 G major - for real
02420 G major - if you are good at such things
02023 G 7th
xx203 F Major
x520x F Major again
x2223 D minor
x2x23 D minor - Note, it is the same finger form as G7
xx423 B minor
x0202 A Minor

Edited by - oldwoodchuckb on 02/03/2010 16:27:27

mandohead - Posted - 02/04/2010:  15:16:50


tarheel - Posted - 02/04/2010:  16:53:30

why do you want to play cords in a open tuning? unless your playing by yourself?

chip arnold - Posted - 02/04/2010:  17:34:54

Tarheel, Double C is not an open tuning. Knowing chords doesn't mean you'll play chords exclusively or that you'll rely on chords as a sole source for melody notes. Nor does it mean that you will ever strum a single chord. As for open strings, even if you were in an open tuning, as the melody progresses it will include many notes that clash badly with the open strings. If you play no notes but melody notes, this'll be fine. If you place any connective notes between the melody notes, you'll most likely want them to work with the melody notes, not against them. In double C, if you play the A note on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string and then a "ditty" on the 1st and 5th strings you'll want to fret the 1st string at the 3rd fret. With those two fretted strings, you're making an F chord. What would be some good reasons for NOT understanding chords?

rendesvous1840 - Posted - 02/04/2010:  20:44:09

Understanding chords,and being able to hear them change, will help you free yourself of relying on tabs, and learned arrangements of songs. Just being able to play chords behing a song you don't know will allow you to participate in jams. Whether you use them a lot or a little they are still a good tool to have.
I agree with Chip: What valid reason is there to not want that knowledge?

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