Guitar Slide Tuning:
Open Tunings for Slide Guitar

Guitar Slide Tuning

What is an "open guitar tuning"? Simply put, it is a tuning of the guitar so that the strings form a chord without fretting any notes.Open tunings are the main method of tuning for playing slide guitar.


Here are some common open tunings:

OPEN "D" TUNING

D A D F# A D

This tuning is probably the most popular open tuning.

Tuning Tip: * Tune your sixth string down a tone to D by playing the fourth string and matching the 6th string to it.

* Tune your third string down a semitone to F#. Check the tuning with the fourth fret of your fourth string.

* Tune your second string down a tone to A. Check the tuning with the fifth (A) string.

* Tune your first string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.

Examples:

REO Speedwagon

"Time For Me To Fly" The Rolling Stones "Street Fightin' Man" Third Eye Blind "Graduate"Ry Cooder "Paris, Texas"


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OPEN "G" TUNING

D G D G B D

This is another very popular open tuning.

Tuning Tip: * Tune your sixth string down a tone to D by playing the fourth string and matching the 6th string to it.

* Then tune your fifth string down a tone to G. Check the tuning with the third (G) string.

* Tune your first string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.

Examples:

Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women"

Black Crowes "Twice As Hard"


More Open Tunings

OPEN C

C G C G C E

OPEN C Minor

C G C G C Eb

OPEN D Minor

D A D F A D

OPEN G Minor

D G D G Bb D

OPEN G Seventh

D G D G B F

OPEN F

C F C F A F


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