Originally Posted by Bill@WelcomeHome
I love the sound but I'm too lazy to learn the chords. I play a lot of other stuff in G, D or E Vestapol, C, dropped D.... Some of the nicest stuff is in DADGAD though.
I know the feeling. Some of my favorite players use DADGAD, some of them pretty often, and I'd always just sort of scratched my head when I'd tweak an open G to DADGAD just to see if it still didn't make any sense to me.
But then, one day, watching Rory Gallagher explain some blues connections to a BBC interviewer
after picking up a guitar that happened to be in DADGAD, I thought, man, I'm going to sit down and try to make sense of this thing.
I happened to 'luck out' on the first couple fingerings I tried and then quickly realized that the tuning actually has more in common with standard and drop D than the open chord tunings.
While looking for a good 'intro' vid to put on the FB page, I stumbled on this very low key, clearly off-the-top-of-his-head little bit by fret-meister Phil Hare... (I particularly like the part where smokes a cigarette and stares into the camera for ten or twenty seconds.) Super offhand presentation notwithstanding, I think he gets across some of the charms of the tuning.