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

The best way to become acclimated to playing slide guitar is to start off by incorporating an open tuning, and we'll begin our look at slide by tuning the guitar to open E, low to high, E B E G# B E. In this tuning, strumming across all of the open strings will yield the sound of an E major chord. This is the optimal tuning to begin one's study of slide guitar because by the nature of its design, the slide can naturally be placed across multiples of strings at any given fret, and when in an open tuning such as this, chords or partial chords can be sounded. Likewise, each of the open strings now produces one of the chord tones for an E major chord, so each open string provides a useful note to use while soloing.