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Watch the Focus On: Standard Tuning Slide online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Focus On: Standard Tuning Slide

I started learning to play slide in standard tuning for the same reason a lot of people do: you're there, playing your guitar, in standard tuning, and suddenly slide seems like a really great idea. You don't want to put down your guitar and grab another; you certainly don't want to start re-tuning in the middle of a song. There has to be a way to do it, right?

While there is a whole lineage of bona fide standard tuning slide masters, from Robert Nighthawk through Mick Taylor to Warren Haynes and beyond, for this course I've focused on getting some of the sounds of the classic open-tuned slide wizards while staying in standard tuning. The key is to get a grip on a few essential left and right hand techniques to help control your sound, and I hope as you dig in you'll be pleased to discover how much you can begin conjuring up in the way of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Duane Allman and others.