Classic Track: Little Green

Album: Blue | Artisit: Joni Mitchell | Year: 1971 | Guitarist: Joni Mitchell

You may be surprised to see this as a classic track on a site called nearlyarockstar. However, this is a great song to learn as it is in open G tuning, introduces some interesting chords and features finger picking throughout. It also happens to be an absolutely amazing piece of song writing!

By tuning to open G she has opened up some really expressive chords that are simple to play. The progression of Gmaj7 – Bm6 – Am6 – G2sus4 in this tuning allows open notes to be played throughout that are left to ring-out. This creates a harp effect which is typical of open tunings.

Tune the 6th string down 1 step to D, 5th string down 1 step to G and the 1st string down 1 step to D. This will give you DGDGBD. Leaving out the 6th string gives you an open G chord with the root on the 5th string.

In my recording I’ve used a capo on the fourth fret but my tab assumes no capo is used. Have fun learning this great song but also see what new chords you can come up with whilst your guitar is in open G tuning.

Intro

 Gmaj7	        Bm6	Am6      G2sus4          G
|4-------4-----|------0-------0-|----0----------|------0--------|
|3---3-----3---|3-------1-------|0H1---1-----1--|0-----------0--|
|----4---------|0---0---0---0---|0H2-----2------|----0-----0---0|
|--------------|--4-------2-----|---------------|--0-----0------|
|0-----0-------|4-------2-------|0----------0---|0--------------|
|--------------|----------------|---------------|---------------|

Main Theme

 Gmaj7		  Bm6	  Am6      G2sus4          G
|4-----4-----4---|------0-------0-|---------------|----0----------|
|3---3-3---3-3---|3-------1-------|1-----0-----0--|0H1---0-----0--|
|----4-----4-----|----0-------0---|----0-----2----|----------0---0|
|--------0-----0-|--4-------2-----|--0-----0-----0|--------0------|
|0-----0---------|4-------2-------|0-----0-----0--|0-----0--------|
|----------------|----------------|---------------|---------------|

 Gmaj7		  Bm6	  Am6      G2sus4          G7sus2
|4-----4-----4---|------0-------0-|---------------|3-----3-----3--|
|3---3-3---3-3---|3-------1-------|1-----0-----0--|0-----0-----0--|
|----4-----4-----|----0-------0---|----0-----2----|----2-----2----|
|--------0-----0-|--4-------2-----|--0-----0-----0|--0-----0-----0|
|0-----0---------|4-------2-------|0-----0-----0--|0-----0-----0--|
|----------------|----------------|---------------|---------------|

 Am6                          G   C
|------0---------|0-----0-----0--|------------5--|------------5---|
|1-----------1---|1-----1-----0--|5-----5-----5--|5-------5-----5-|
|----0-----0-----|----0-----0----|----5-----5----|-----5----------|
|--2-----2-----2-|--2-----2-----0|--5-----5-----5|---5------------|
|2-----2-----2---|2-----2-----0--|5-----------5--|5--------5------|
|----------------|---------------|---------------|----------------|

 Gmaj7            Bm6     Am6      G2sus4          G
|4-----4-----4---|------0-------0-|---------------|----0----------|
|3---3-3---3-3---|3-------1-------|1-----0-----0--|0H1---0-----0--|
|----4-----4-----|----0-------0---|----0-----2----|----------0---0|
|--------0-----0-|--4-------2-----|--0-----0-----0|--------0------|
|0-----0---------|4-------2-------|0-----0-----0--|0-----0--------|
|----------------|----------------|---------------|---------------|

Don’t worry too much about the picking, just get the chord changes right and play what comes naturally.

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