Tech Tip:Alternate Tunings For Slide Guitar


Some slide guitarists use the standard tuning: EADGBE. It provides a minor triad on strings 1,2, and 3, as well as a major triad on strings 2, 3, and 4. It's a good tuning for playing rock.

 

 

Most blues players use open tunings, such as open G: DGDGBD, and open D: DADF#AD. Both tunings can be raised up a step, to open A: EAEAC#E, and open E: EBEG#BE. Many of the great acoustic blues players used open tunings, such as Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, and many others. So did as electric slide masters from Elmore James to Bonnie Raitt.

 

 

For more modern styles, any tuning can be used, and there are many alternate tunings you can explore. Experimental music guitarist Ted Killian uses slide tunings like: CGDGBD (Ted raises this a half-step on electric guitar), and C#GDGBbD.

 

Explore, and enjoy.

 

 

Many thanks to tech support blues guitar guru Marty Piter for his help with this week's Music123 Helpful Tip.

 

 

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