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Slide Guitar For Beginners
Open Tunings - part
Teacher: This lesson uses the open G tuning again
just like in lesson part 1. You'll also need a capo so we can
be in the key of A easily. Listen to the Lesson Sample to hear what you'll
be learning in this lesson. To get started, check your tuning. It should be
tuned like this:
open G tuning
Teacher: This lesson is
based on the standard 12 bar blues in A. Since your guitar
is tuned to open G you would have to tune all the strings up a whole step to be
in open A tuning. Instead of re-tuning, you can quickly and simply
put a capo on the 2nd fret to give you open A tuning. Your guitar
should be tuned to open G, capo at the
capo at 2nd fret
Teacher: The 3 main chords you'll
use for the key of A are A - D - E. These are the "1 - 4 - 5"
chords in A.
Remember, the 2nd fret in the TAB files are considered "open strings" because
you're using a capo at the 2nd fret.
Teacher: Learn this little slide riff
that combines the open strings, left hand fingering of notes and a high slide
riff with fast vibrato. Click on the loop button above the TAB player so you can
play along with me. You can also slow down the tempo of the tab if that
Teacher: This riff is the "theme" for the first
verse of the Lesson Sample. The end of the verse has a tricky riff and you can
learn it now. It's refered to as the "turnaround" riff. This riff also uses the
slide and fingers:
Teacher: Now you're almost ready to learn the
first verse. Here's what the chord progression looks
Teacher: Just a reminder: When using the slide
you need to be on top of the fret, not inbetween them like when you use a
Teacher: Here's the first verse. It's made up of
riff 1, sliding to the 4 and 5 chords, and the turnaround riff:
Teacher: You may loop the TAB to play along with
me, or you can use this looping jam
Teacher: The second
verse has a little different theme or repeating riff. It goes like
Teacher: Here's the second verse of the Lesson
Sample using riff 2 as the theme:
Teacher: The Lesson
Sample above starts with the "turnaround" riff, then verse 1 and 2. After you
have learned both verse you can either play along to the Lesson Sample or use
the looping jam track. You can also loop each TAB file
Teacher: I was listening to Robert Johnson over
the weekend. His voice has a fast vibrato and I copied that sound for some of
Stratman: Is this something Robert Johnson would
Teacher: Stratman, yes but
this is a simplified way.
Teacher: I like using my acoustic guitar
when I get a chance like for this lesson. You can certianly use an
electric. Try a clean tone or just a little bit of
Teacher: Thanks and hope you enjoyed this lesson.
If you're interested in getting your own customized lessons like this or in any
style, email at Lyle@theguitar.net for info. Thanks -
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