Learning Slide Guitar: Slide Guitar Licks

In today’s slide guitar lesson, I’m going to break down 2 blues, slide guitar licks in the open E slide tuning. First let’s get the tuning sorted out. All of these licks are in Open E tuning which is low to high, E B E G# B E.

3 things to remember before we start:

  1. Remember to mute all unplayed strings.
  2. Keep the slide straight across the fret
  3. Don’t press the slide down hard on the strings

Slide guitar lick 1 is in the key of D, yes you CAN play in other keys in Open E tuning, it is a common slide lick that can be found in countless blues and rock songs.

Slide guitar lick 2 includes the blues note, which is the note located on the 9th fret of the B string , to give it a real bluesy sound. The minor 3rd note is included as well. It’s located on the 9th fret of the G string. Be sure to include the vibrato to give it more of a vocal like quality.

These 2 licks only scratch the surface of what can be played in the open E slide tuning. Listen to Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt, and Johnny Winter, to hear more examples in this vein.

Learning slide guitar is easier than most people think. It takes some basic technique and knowledge of the style to progress which is true in almost anything really. So dust off that slide and start playing the blues!

For more information on slide guitar, please check out my Slide Guitar Course.

John W Tuggle
John W Tuggle

I love teaching the blues and have created numerous training courses and lessons to learn how to play like BB King, Clapton, Duane Allman, and more. Get Started Now

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  1. Thanks, man. The Youtube videos are great and I see you’re porting some of that over here. Love it. Keep us updated about your DVD — if it comes packaged with a lot of tabs, and a lot of the stuff you’ve already shown us — you’ve got my money.

  2. Thanks. I hope to have the DVD and the brand new website by March 1st 2008. I will include the same kind of instruction as on the Youtube videos, except with one more camera angle of the right hand.

    I’ll definitely include the Tabs with the DVD. Probably PDF download.



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