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.


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It's a possibility, but I would recommend the Bminor alternatives I suggested above - they are equally easy.

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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.


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