“portland lament”, open g tuning (DGDGBD)
it’s not really a lament, i just like the sound of it. i have a song called santa rosa lament too, which i’ve never recorded. they’re just named after the cities in which they’re written. this is a pretty happy, kick back little tune. i don’t know how to describe the mood of it.
a couple of friends of mine from high school moved up to Portland Oregon and a friend and i went up to visit them once in 2008. the one guy there, shane, is also a guitar player, and when he heard i liked alternate tunings, he asked if i ever played in open g.
i told him i’d never been able to make heads or tails of it. the fact that the low string wasn’t the root threw me off (although i’ve since solved that dilemma). “no problem,” shane said, “just don’t use it. that’s keith richards’ favorite tuning, and i think he straight takes that string off. here, i’ll show you some chord shapes.”
and from those chord shapes i wrote this tune essentially that afternoon.
thank you, shane.