It took me years to realise that this song was played by Keith with open G tuning.

23 thoughts on “Honky Tonk Women – Open G tuning

  1. Hi ,Firstly I cant stop listening to you play this!! its great," question" do you use sixth string or is it tuned to the 5th string, not like Keith Take it off all together ‘

    cheers, Rayster,

  2. I can’t seem to get in tune with the studio version that’s on Hot Rocks. I thought maybe my guitar was out of tune, but it’s in perfect tune, to Open G, but it’s off from the version on Hot Rocks. Did they maybe slow it down or speed it up changing the pitch or something? I’m in tune with live versions, and in tune with you, but when I play along with Hot Rocks (this is the 2002 remastered version if it matters) I’m way out of tune.

  3. Look up "squealies" or "pinch harmonics" – careful though, once you get the hand of ’em you’ll have all those groupies to tend with!

  4. I really like it. You are The Master. If only I could play that well.

  5. haha , it took me a long time too before to play in open G , thanks a lot for this really good demo , Cheers , Philippe

  6. That was really cool. I thought you were takin’ it a bit fast at first, but your playing and the mood in general won me over. Really gives some insight into Keith’s songwriting brilliance, too. Thanks for posting. If you can, check "Rosetta West – Shine" for a Keith-inspired open G riff song.

  7. my guitar teacher is lending me his 1989 Fender USA strat that has a original Floyd Rose tremolo and its nice and black like Eric Clapton’s Blackie with a maple fretboard

  8. Great lesson my friend, the best yet.

  9. That was fantastic. IAny tips or things to keep in mind when soloing in Open G, in general?

  10. Very nice indeed – any idea where I can find the patterns you’re using to play lead in open G? thanks

  11. u forgot to mention its called a pinched harmonic. 🙂

  12. that’s called a "pinch harmonic". You hold the pic real "short" in your fingers and let the fleshy tip of your thumb strike the string (the main note your playing). Takes a bit of practice, but you’ll get it. Higher gain settings on your amp help make it easier, but you can do it on an acoustic unplugged as well. Good luck:)

Comments are closed.