SLIDE GUITAR TUNINGS

Tuning
Low
6
5
4
3
2
1
High

Standard
E
A
D
G
B
E
Open E
E
B
E
G#
B
E
EM7
E
B
E
G#
B
D#
Open A
E
A
E
A
C#
E
Bm7
D
A
D
F#
B
D
Open D
D
A
D
F#
A
D
B Flat
D
Bb
D
F
Bb
D
D Minor
D
A
D
F
A
D
Open G
D
G
D
G
B
D
Open Db
Db
Ab
Db
F
Ab
Db
Open C
C
G
C
E
G
C
Open F
C
F
C
F
A
C


Slide players tend to use open tunings, though some guitarists like to play slide in standard tuning.
Elmore James played a lot in Open E, this is a great tuning to improvise in and play with others as 3rd fret is G and 5th fret is A etc.
Open E is great for an Electric Guitar as the neck can stand the strain of tuning up, not a good idea to do this with your precious vintage acoustic. Open D might be best for your Acoustic as you tune down and it takes the tension out of the strings, put a capo on the second fret and ...... bingo, you are in Open E tuning with the 14th fret inline with the body of the acoustic is your new octave E
Try them all out, find a tuning that lets you express yourself.

The Bentonia school of guitar playing has strong associations with a guitar-tuning based on an open E minor chord. From the lowest (6th) string to the highest (1st), the tuning uses E-B-E-G-B-E.(A common variant pitches the same intervals a whole step lower, in D minor: D-A-D-F-A-D.)
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Cigar Box Guitar Tunings
3 String Cigar Box Guitars
are often Tuned to DAD.
The tune is played on the
melody string and the other
two strings act as drone
strings filling out the backing sound. More >
Also try -
DAD (Key of D)
DGD
(Key of
G)
EAA
(Key of
A)
DAA
(Key of
D)
DGA
(Key of
G)
DAC (Key of Dm)
CGG
(Key of
C)
CFC
(Key of
F)
EAG
(Key of
Am)
EAE
(Key of
A)

Roy Rogers


E Tuning / G Tuning / A Tuning
Dobro Fretboard Chart Resonator Guitar Poster - E Tuning
Price: $7.95
Get chart for - E Tuning / G Tuning / A Tuning
This is a great learning tool for beginning and intermediate dobro slide players. The 17" x 11" instructional guide is nice to hang on the wall wherever you practice for easy reference, instead of flipping through a book. This chart includes 8 basic right hand roll patterns. Above the fretboard are the chord locations as the bar is held above the corresponding fret for a standard Open E/G or A tuning. This information can be found in books, but rarely on one easy to read chart!


" The Three-String
Trance Wonder
is tuned to G, A and B
using an E string in the A
position, a D in the G position
and a G in the B position.
"
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Got a guitar ?
then you need this ingenious device - The Action Raiser
This is a fantastic must have slide accessory.
Turn any guitar into a slide, allows you to travel with a light action guitar yet turn it into a slightly higher action slide guitar in seconds, two guitars in one. You need this !
Tune your guitar down to Open D ( DADF#AD ) place the Action Riser on the 2nd fret and this will give you the key of E.
Just slip under strings with the flat area towards the nut and groove in line with a fret. The second fret is the usual place but with care it can be placed at the first fret.
Place a capo on the flat area to prevent the Action Raiser from dropping out.
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