Watch the Johnny Winter Style: Open E online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power
I begin this Johnny Winter-style solo, which is played as a mid-tempo shuffle with a similar vibe to the Elmore James example, with slide licks positioned at the third fret, sounding the notes B and D, the fifth and flatted seventh scale degrees, respectively, of E major. Both notes are treated to heavy vibrato, executed in a slow and wide manner. In bar 2, I quickly move back and forth between notes that are sounded with the slide and notes sounded as open strings, resulting in fast and flashy riffs that emulate the distinct slide guitar techniques that Johnny Winter brought to the equation. I rely on the pick-hand thumb for many of the notes played, as does Johnny, though he uses a thumb pick to attain a greater attack. He also prefers to use a chrome, or metal slide, worn on the pinkie (he says he still uses the same piece of conduit pipe that he bought as a kid, back when he was first learning to play). I then progress up to the 12th and 15th frets for Elmore-style licks that are a bit more complex, so work through these phrases slowly and carefully.