Open C Minor: (Thick) – C-G-C-G-C-Eb – (Thin)
The Tuning “Open C Minor” is much like any other Open Tuning, where the strumming of all the open strings together form an Open C Minor chord. This Tuning is used in musical genres such as Pop, Rock, Country, Alternative, Slide Guitar and others. The ease of playing many alterations of the minor chord is an advantage withing this tuning, giving it a haunting sound. Below is a recording of an Acoustic Guitar in Open C Minor Tuning. Each string is strummed 6 times so that you can tune your own Guitar by ear. Give it a try!
Below is a list of songs that utilize Open C Minor Tuning for the Acoustic Guitar.
1) The Age of Rhythm - Laurence Juber
2) Between the Wars - Al Stewart
3) Mega Man 2 - Ewan Dobson
4) Dr. Wily - Ewan Dobson
5) My Nightmare - Ewan Dobson
6) Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Ulli Boegershausen
How to Tune your Guitar to Open C Minor:-
1) Guitar Tuner:
You can use a Guitar Tuner which may be the best method to start with, as this way you won’t get it wrong & it will sound great as the tuner is extremely accurate. For Beginners I would suggest this method first off, once you have improved on your ear-to-instrument connection then try the method below.
All open strings are an C Minor Chord. The strings that change are 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6.
This method involves using the notes available on the Guitar fret-board to tune your Guitar to each alternate tuning. This method is listed below in steps:
String #1: Tune Down A Semi-Tone: It should sound like the note on the 2nd string 4th fret
String #2: Tune up a semi-tone: It should sound like the note on the 3rd string 5th fret
String #3: Stays The Same
String #4: Tune Down a Whole tone: It should sound like the note on the 5th string 3rd fret
String #5: Tune Down a Whole tone: It should sound like the note on the 6th string 3rd fret
String #6: Tune Down a Whole tone: It should sound an octave lower to the note on the 6th string 3rd fret