Open E Tuning Slide Guitar Lesson: Duane Allman Slide Licks

Is slide guitar something you would like to learn how to play? If so, then you’re probably trying to figure out how to play like Duane Allman. Duane Allman was one of the key innovators of electric slide guitar in Open E tuning.

He took some very basic licks and gave them soul. You see slide guitar isn’t about how fast you can play, but how much emotion and power you can put into a few notes. Listen for the nuances in Duane’s slide guitar playing. This is where you will find the secret that lies behind his slide guitar style. Also check out this video lesson to learn more about Duane Allman’s slide guitar playing.

Let’s take a look at a common lick he used in songs such as “Statesboro Blues”.

This is a similar lick to a lick Duane played in Statesboro Blues. A key element of this lick is to slide backwards to the target note of the lick, which is the 8th fret of the B string. Sliding from a note above, to the 8th fret, creates a unique sound that is signature Duane Allman in my opinion. Practice this slide guitar lick until it becomes second nature. Learning slide guitar becomes much easier when specific techniques are practiced everyday.

To learn more about open e tuning please check out my Open E Tuning 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


  1. Thanks for this post(and the others too), my slide guitar needs work :(

    Keep up the good work John, I love your music.

  2. Glad you liked it. I’ll have a slide Guitar DVD out in the next month. I’ll keep you updated.


  3. It’s coming March the 1st. So far you’ll get an hour and a half of lessons. Open E chord chart, 7 pages of tab licks, 2 backing tracks to practice with, and a Quicktime video of the licks in the DVD played in another key.

    I’m also going to have lesson downloads for purchase on the new site as well. Including a lesson download of Statesboro Blues, the complete intro.

    I’ll keep you posted.

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