Right off the bat, know this.... I am NOT looking for sympathy here. That said...... I played acoustic guitar beginning at 7 yrs old (still own that first guitar - Gibson 3/4 size). I've just turned 49 and several years ago I developed rheumatoid arthritis which has impaired my ability to use my left hand. I am unable to make chord changes with the speed/accuracy necessary to play most anything. I haven't been able to play for several years and I truly miss it. When I have tried to play, it is more frustrating than enjoyable because my hands won't do what they once could. I know nothing about using open tunings but since reading some posts here, I'm wondering if using an open tuning would enable me to enjoy playing again (not for audiences... for me). If you have a guitar tuned to an open chord (E or G for instance) can you play minor chords or sevenths? What I'm hoping for is being able to make chords , but use fewer fingers to make those chords (follow me?). What about open tunings and a slide? I need some input from some experienced players that understand where I'm coming from and don't mind me picking their brain a bit via e-mail if I decide to try this.... Thanks in advance!