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Watch the Open Position in E online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Focus On: Standard Tuning Slide

Muddy Waters actually recorded some of his iconic 1950s work using standard tuning in the key of E. Earl Hooker, the Chicago guitarist’s guitarist, played a brilliant mix of fretted and slide playing in standard tuning and frequently took advantage of the open strings afforded by playing in E. We’re going to check out some major and minor scale-based possibilities that will ultimately help us adapt some of Ry Cooder’s groovin’ open tuning-based open-position soloing style to standard tuning.