Watch the Ry Cooder Style: Open E online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power

This example begins by sounding the open low E string, and I use that as a pedal tone - a low, sustaining root note - while playing a variety of melodic lines on the higher strings. At the start of the example, I focus on melodies played on the high E string, with the accent on long, sustained notes that are either sounded plain or with vibrato, much in the way that the melody might sound if it were sung by the human voice. All of the open E strings are of great use because I can pick any one of them, the sixth, fourth or first strings, to get a root note at anytime. After playing melodies on the high E (1st) string, I move over to the next lower open E string, the fourth string, and play melodies one octave lower. Towards the end of the solo, I pick the open B (fifth) string and follow up with B-type melodies to allude to the five chord, and then play some A licks to bring the four chord into the picture.