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Slide guitar tuning???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lonesomedave, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. my son is a bass player who has taken up guitar within the last year or so. i bought him a glass slide and he loves it.

    any suggestions on the best tuning for a slide guitar...open C for example.

  2. Demonjrx


    May 30, 2012
    United States
  3. Demonjrx


    May 30, 2012
    United States
    I should mention, I also enjoy Open D minor a lot because I can play most songs that are played in Drop D as well.
  4. Red_Merkin


    Nov 12, 2012
    I like Open G, Keith Richards style, where you remove the lowest string so it doesn't sound muddy.
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  6. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    There's not really a bad tuning. He should experiment.
  7. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Look up some of the dobro tunings.

    Open minor tunings can be used to play major chords with barre chords, but unless there
    is a major third in there, you can't get it with a slide.
  8. The most common ones are Open G (D, G, D, G, B, D low to high) and Open D (D, A, D, F#, A, D, low to high). Those are probably the best place to start. Beyond that, the sky's the limit as far as tunings. If you're seriously talented (like Duane Allman), you can play in standard tuning, but it's damn hard to do!
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Our guitar player plays slide in standard tuning. He's kind of forced to, because he has to lose the slide, and play "regular style" much of the time.
  10. i thought Duane Allman played mostly in Open E

  11. Yes, you're right, Open E was his favourite tuning, but he also played in standard tuning as well (I only mention it because it's so damn hard to do). George Harrison played in standard tuning a lot too, and he was another brilliant slide player.

    I use open E tuning most of the time, but I tune it down to "D" so there's not so much stress on the neck (especially with heavier strings).
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Open tunings are a lot more fun. Standard tuning is more complicated but more convenient for live work if you have to go back and forth between slide and regular chording.
  13. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Open E (EBEG#BE) is what Elmore James used. Open D is the same.a whole step down. Open G (DGDGBD) is common among electric slide players too.

    Acoustic blues players also use some open minor tunings.
    Jeff Beck is another standard tuning slide player.
  14. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    From father to son "gagdad" of course :)
  15. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13. Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Bonnie Raitt is another who does all her slide in standard. Derek Trucks does a fair amount in standard with his band, but usually open E or G with the Allman Bros.
  16. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    He only played slide in standard tuning on Dreams, as he played lead before the slide solo. Dickey Betts was upset that day, and walked out of the studio. That's why Duane played both solos on Dreams. I have a number of Allman Bros. concerts where they play all the slide songs first, and then you can hear Duane tune to standard tuning after the last slide song. They usually did Liz Reed next. This didn't happen for every show, but quite a few. He used open E for slide songs, save Dreams. I play bass in an Allman Bros. tribute band, so all this info comes out one way or another, it seems.
  17. You obviously know a lot more about the man the me. I was just thinking about an interview with Eric Clapton in Guitar Player magazine years ago, where he was talking about working with Duane Allman on "Layla". He mentioned about him playing slide in standard tuning, and how it blew his (Clapton's) mind. He was the reason Clapton became interested in playing slide.

    Duane doesn't get enough credit for that record. Layla was one the all time great rock & roll albums for me. Duane Allman, Billy Preston, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock and Eric Clapton (with Bonnie and Delaney doing backup vocals). You can't get much better musical talent than that. They were going to tour together - wouldn't that have been something!

    I'd love to hear your band - sounds very cool indeed.
  18. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    I don't play slide much but when I do, I favor standard.
  19. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    No, Bonnie uses open tunings for slide.

  20. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Thanks Mark. I would have loved to see Duane with D&TD as well. I missed seeing Duane by a month at Carnegie Hall. Saw Berry twice, thankfully. Duane died, the gig was cancelled, then reinstated. The band was obviously bummed. Berry said, "Duane really wanted to make it to this gig." Berry never recovered emotionally from Duane's death. They were like brothers. Here is my band: http://allmanstepbrothers.com/
  21. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13. Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Hmm. Could have sworn I read an interview discussing her use of standard. Perhaps I've remembered incorrectly. Wouldn't doubt it as its been a while since I've read anything from her.

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