I had a question about the Baritone guitar, and I thought, "What better place to post this question than here?" If I don't know, maybe some others don't as well...
Anyway, the Baritone guitar is tuned 5 steps lower than standard - instead of E A D G B E, the strings are tuned to B E A D F# B. So, if one were to get one of these (not likely in the near future for me, but I want to understand how it works), how does one play it? For example, obviously for a ukulele or tenor guitar (4 strings), one uses different chord forms than for a six string. And, if one is using "open E tuning" (or any open tuning), one varies the chord played by moving the index finger barre up and down the fretboard.
But, with a Baritone, what does one do, especially if playing with someone who is playing a "normal" guitar?
Are these statements accurate?
In a "normal" guitar, the open strings are in the key of "C". So, on a Baritone, are the open strings in the key of "G"?
Is it true, for example, that when you fret a "normal" G chord form on a Baritone, you're playing a D? And, if you fret a "normal" D, it would be an A on a Baritone? If so, then, if one has a Baritone guitar, one just uses the normal chord forms, realizing that you have to play a shape 5 steps lower on a Baritone than your friend is playing on a "normal" guitar in order to be playing the same chord? Is this how it works? Or am I confused?
This is how it would work out (with my possibly confused understanding):
If "normal" guitarist plays: Baritone guitarist plays:
A chord form E chord form
B chord form F# chord form
C chord form G chord form
D chord form A chord form
E chord form B chord form
F chord form C chord form
G chord form D chord form
Can anyone tell me if this is correct, or, if wrong, how it does work? Thanks!
I don't know if what you propose is true, but I am sure interested to find out! I will check back in soon! Thanks for asking about this as it has puzzled me too! Edward