Hi . . ..new guy, but old (from the hippie days) guitar junkie
anyways since I retired from home building and started building guitars I thought it would be nice to really begin to play one. I have been finger picking and goofing for many years. . . . but not on a serious level. I'm onto DADGAD now and absolutely loving it (celtic) music.
Question: It seems when using open tuning you lose the need for chords . . . (you know, you pick a chord in EADGBE like C and play the notes around it to form the melody) then the same in maybe G chord and so on.
Does DADGAD need chords in order to put out a really good, well balanced, harmonically sound solo tune? It almost seems to me that they (chords) get in the way of the melody as it moves up the neck.