Watch the Robert Johnson Style: Open A online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power

Let's move back into Robert Johnson "Delta blues" territory and the utilization of the open A tuning within that context. Akin to Johnny Winter's highly Robert Johnson-influenced cut, "Dallas," in this example half of the time I am fretting the strings in a conventional way in order to lay down a solid rhythm part, and the other half of the time is spent using the slide to play licks that answer, double or balance against the vocal melody. Notice that I have moved the slide over to the pinkie, as this frees up my index, middle and ring fingers for fretting chord shapes conventionally.