Watch the Open D Tuning online guitar lesson by Sonny Landreth from Slide Supernatural
Open D from low to high is D, A, D F#, A, D. As we can see we have octaves in this tuning as well that we can take advantage of, also a root on the high string. I love open D because it has an elastic feel to it that really effects the sound. The notes sink in more especially in a lead setting. This is because it is a lower tuning and the stings are a bit more slack. I also like that I can play a lot of lyrical phrasing and let the sympathetic strings ring out on the low end, this something that we will see I do a lot. This tuning was also a favorite of Elmore James and I have always loved his sound. Elmore is often called the King of Slide guitar and was a big influence on me.