I have been playing around (not playing) guitar for about 10 years off and on.
I can play A G C2 D E and Eminor pretty well, C a little, No way F works, a version of Bforget what it really is called.
Take too long to switch between chords.
I know the answer is practice more.
Here is the issue. Our smaller church suddenly is going to find itself without musicians. Have about 2 months.
We sing everything from hymns to some modern stuff (?) like Amazing grace my chains are gone.
I have been looking into open tuning where you can barre every major chord, and minor is only 2 fingers.
Which is really easy with 4 strings, sound ok too.
Maybe a little harder to play things like G/B but could just play the B.
Even looking at only using 43-5 strings, cigar box guitars use 3 or 4 and read about some using 5 as they find it easier to barre.
Any thoughts or help greatly appreciated.
It's a possibility, but I would recommend the Bminor alternatives I suggested above - they are equally easy.
No, that's not true. They're very different sounding chords. Even without knowing theory, just look at the notes involved in typical guitar voicing of these chords:
G/B (low to high): B D G D G
Bm (low to high: B F# B D F#
The G/B really doesn't have a "minor" sound. I'd just sweat through getting the Bm form. You need that form to get through most songs (it'll be a common VI- chord).
While there are some songs that you can interchange Bm and G/B (thinking You Are Holy) it is not a rule by any means. Sorry, but you MUST learn Bm.
Don't do open tunings. You'll regret it. Guitar is not that hard. Use a capo and play in keys you know. Don't learn chords, learn the typical chords used in a key. In other words, play songs, don't learn chords. If a song requires a chord you don't know, learn it for that song. It will come in handy for other songs. Again, Capo, capo, capo.