Slide Guitar for Beginners II
Open Tuning - part
bluesguitarmp3: The sample is very
Teacher: Thanks, I'm going to teach you how to
Teacher: This lesson is like last weeks lesson,
open D tuning:
Teacher: I thought I would give you two
lessons, last week and this week, in the same tuning so you would have more
stuff to work on with the open D tuning.
Teacher: This is a familiar song called Amazing
Grace and it's based off the 1 - 4 - 5 in
Teacher: Notice that you'll be counting only 3
beats per measure... 1 2 3, 1 2 3, etc.
Teacher: With the help of the open D tuning you
can play the melody within the chords while using the slide. This is a very
effective way to play as you soon will
Teacher: Here's the opening riff to start
learning. Notice that the melody is the highest note during the riff. Remember
to keep your slide on top of the fret, not inbetween
Teacher: Note: You may loop each TAB file to help
you learn and memorize the riffs as we go. I'll give you a complete jam track in
just a little bit.
Stratman: Is this arrangement
Teacher: Stratman, I just
recorded it from memory. I guess you could call it a traditional arrangement or
the "Lyle arrangement". ;-)
John: Teach what stiffness of picks do you
Teacher: Heavy, .88 green tortex. A carpenter
uses a heavy hammer to do the job, I use a heavy pick to do
Teacher: Next riff:
Teacher: The melody stays on top for riff 2
exccept for the final chord where the melody lands on the 2nd string. That's ok
because the 1st string acts as a harmony note.
I've got that.
Teacher: Good, you're half way through the song
Teacher: Same thing happens in riff 3, the melody
is on top, the highest note of each chord. I point this out because I find by
hitting those chords with an up stroke, the melody jumps out better. Notice in
the video clips you'll see me using the up stroke a lot.
Teacher: Here's the last riff to learn for the
aren't playing the bells with the slide are you?
Teacher: Rob, the bells are harmonics played with
Teacher: Here's what all 4 parts look like
together in one TAB:
Teacher: Here's a jam track for you to play along
Teacher: For those that may be wondering, here's
what the chords are for the jam track. (standard tuning chord
jam track chords
In the lesson sample I switched to a distorted guitar tone and did the whole
song again but added a few variations. Here's what they turned out to
Amazing Grace -
That's all for this lesson and I hope you are now making "amazing" sounds
"gracefully". If you would like to receive your own customized private lessons
using this Riff Interactive technology, you can! I teach all styles and all
levels as well as how to play your favorite songs. Email me at Lyle@theguitar.net for more