Slide in Open E Solo

In this course, you will learn how to play a complete open e tuning slide guitar solo over a slow blues in the style of Derek Trucks and Duane Allman.

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In this lesson I will show you what it takes to play a complete slide guitar solo in open e tuning. Each lick will also be shown in slow motion so you can see exactly what is going on with each lick. This is really helpful to see how to do the Derek Trucks style raking and also to see what the right hand is doing to perform the licks. You’ll also learn my essential exercise to help you effectively learn the entire fretboard in open e tuning.

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Lesson Index

Lesson 1 About the Solo
Lesson 2 Learn how to find notes all over the fretboard
Lesson 3 Licks 1-6
Lesson 4 Licks 7-11
Lesson 5 Licks 12-20
Lesson 6 Licks 22-29

This Course Includes

106 minutes of Video
6 Pages of Tabs
1 Backing Track


  1. Leonardoqia—Royal Oak, MI

    I was searching through You Tube…

    …. and came upon John’s videos. I quickly looked at them all, but really watched the ones on open tunings and slide guitar. As a solo, acoustic Delta Blues player that only plays in open tunings, I decided to explore playing electric slide to enhance my acoustic playing. This DVD is exactly what I was looking for and I expect that Santa will be bringing me the entire open E slide guitar series Christmas morning!

  2. Neotank—Scottsdale, AZ

    Outstanding course

    Its hard to find a great guitar teacher and its hard to find great online guitar lessons or DVDs. Especially for advanced players. No matter how much you do, it never seems to translate into “real” guitar playing. Johns courses are outstanding. In the first lessons you get right into playing real usable riffs. I have been playing for 25 years and am a blues guitar freak. Johns lessons are exactly what I have been looking for. These lessons are great for advanced players. In the slide courses, he really shows you important technical stuff so you don’t fail after a few lessons, which is what I have always done with slide in the past. Now I’m getting great slide sounds. In addition, I can play real slide riffs that don’t sound like I pulled them for a book.

  3. Old Boomer Picker—Southwest Virginia

    Open E Solo Feedback

    As a person who came of age with the Allman Brothers music, it is pure joy learning some of the slide licks in “Open E Tuning Slide Guitar Solo”. Keep up the good work John and I will continue to support.

  4. lonny41—Canada

    Something Different

    There’s a lot of instructional material out there on slide guitar, and it’s mostly just the same old 1-4-5 and pentatonic stuff, over and over again. John teaches you more in depth and is a gifted instructor as well as player. He teaches you the stuff the other instructors are missing. I’ve been playing slide guitar for years, John has taken my playing to another level. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced slide player, you will definately love and learn from his DVD’s.

  5. jjohnson509ec-rr-com

    The best slide lessons I’ve found, learning to play slide in the style of Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, I hope there are more to come. Keep up the good work.

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What Members are saying

On videos where he turns it loose, you see and hear someone that gets it

I’ve been playing in bands since 1974 when I was 17. They’ve been more or less successful over time, earning enough scratch to keep me interested. Blues has always been at the top of my list, and I got by on basic rhythm techniques and the occasional lead. “Good enough” to get by, but I was never satisfied.

I’ve tried dozens of instructors, all sorts of how-to books/DVDs/online programs…nothing seemed to click. When you hear a good blues guitar player, the distinction between good enough and great is huge. I’ve found a few online, but too many talk talk talk and play little. When I discovered Learning Guitar Now, I realized it was different on this site. First, John can PLAY. On videos where he turns it loose, you see and hear someone that gets it. But what makes his site different than the rest just regurgitating variations of the same theme is that he wants YOU to get it.

If you want to pick and choose your lessons…fine. If you want to start from scratch and build competency in technique…fine. If you want to talk to him on the forum and have a REAL exchange of ideas or ask for advice…he’s there. The lesson curriculum is huge, his freebies on YouTube vast, and his continued enthusiasm to help you become a better blues guitarist is non-wavering.

You’re not on his site to learn theory or the fretboard, although he does touch on these when necessary. You are there to play guitar. Play what you love in the style of your favorite artists or just improvising. Play, learn the phrases, the timing, the technique and you WILL get better. I’m 64 as I write this. Still playing. The difference now is I’m getting better. Good enough doesn’t cut it for me now.

When I hit a phrase just right, the audience actually pauses on that beat. The beauty of the blues just poured through my fingertips if only for a moment. Right now I’m focused on some of the Allman Brothers material. It takes me home. Sometimes, when I daydream, I see me on that stage with them, holding my own. Thanks JohnT, you’ve kept the blues alive for this old timer!

John White

I am pleased to say that I can now play a reasonable lead solo

I’m a pretty good acoustic guitar player who has always wanted to play electric blues lead. I have used quite a few other online tutoring sites some more successful than others but still didn’t manage to get it. Until, that is, I found Learning Guitar Now. With John’s tutoring style and a great website full of great courses I am pleased to say that I can now play a reasonable lead solo and I’m improving all the time. I love the way John plays guitar. It’s exactly how I’d like to play but he is very clear that you need to practice to get there. John is a very straight talker to lays out what you need to do to play blues lead and that is practice. He is also very encouraging by saying that you can do it but don’t kid yourself that buying the course will make you a great player if you don’t follow John’s useful and straight forward advice. So thank you John for everything. I get so much enjoyment from playing and see myself improving each month.

Dik McFarlane

He covers all the great blues and rock guitarists

LGN is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to get better at playing the blues. Working through John’s lessons will get you better at improvising, help with techniques like bending, slides, raking, and vibrato. He covers all the great blues and rock guitarists and some that you may not have studied previously. I highly recommend the All Access Pass to anyone who loves playing guitar!


John uses the latest tools available

I’m very happy being an All Access Pass member here at LGN. John is an excellent teacher and amazing guitar player. He not only shows you “what” to play but also focuses on “how” to play each note with emotion and feeling. That makes all the difference. Also the site interface is so easy and John uses the latest tools available to make the experience as rewarding as possible! I say “Go for it!” …you’ll be glad you did.

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