Watch the Slide Scales in Open E Tuning online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power
Let's start our examination of slide soloing with scales and scale positions that are most commonly used when playing in an open E tuning. The primary position that is used by all slide players when tuned in this way is to position the slide 12 frets above the home chord (in the key of E, this means we start at the 12th fret, 12 frets above the open strings) and, in the key of E, move between the 12th and 10th frets on all of the strings. Additionally, the major third, G# in the key of E, located at the ninth fret of the fifth string is included. The scale that is sounded when playing these notes is what I refer to as an E hybrid dominant scale, consisting of the notes (in ascending form) E G# A B D E F# G# A B D E, which combines elements of E major pentatonic (E F# G# B C#) with E minor pentatonic (E G A B D). Be sure to keep the slide centered over the fretwire for each note.