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Watch the Happy Blues online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from 30 Beginner Slide Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Open A is sometimes referred to as "happy tuning," and this lick is intended to emulate the sound of the open A tuning while playing slide in standard tuning. This lick, however, is played in the key of E and is built on a two-bar lick that is transposed to each of the three chords in the 12-bar progression, moving from E to the fourth (A) and to the fifth (B).