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Slide Guitar: Open D Major Tuning

The easiest way to play slide guitar is to first adjust your guitar to an open tuning - in this particular lesson we're going to use Open D Major tuning for our example.

Be sure to checkout my course Essentials of Slide Guitar - this short lesson is only scratching the surface of what I covered in there!

The reason I've chosen to use an open tuning is because a slide isn't like your fingers; you can't bend it into a new shape for every chord you change to. As a result, it is easier to adapt the tuning of our strings so that they work well in a straight line. In other words, we're going to tune the guitar so that when we strum all six strings without any fingers on the frets, it will create a great sounding D major chord.

Then, we can simply add the slide at any point on the fretboard and create another major chord.

D Major tuning is simply D A D F# A D.

Slide Riffs Following the Chord

In this short lesson, I'll teach you how to throw a simple slide riff in after you've played the chord. Keep in mind, my guitar is tuned to Open E Major, so if you want to play along, make sure you're tuned to E B E G# B E.

As far as the riffs go, slide is a pretty fluid way of playing the guitar; don't get hung up on doing things exactly as I've done. Most of all, let your ear be the final judge. If it sounds good, then you're on the right track.

Leave me a comment down below and let me know what you thought of the lesson!