Watch the Open Tuning Slide: 1 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from SoloCraft
In this section, Open Tuning Slide you will find that tuning your guitar to a specific chord (in this case G) is really quite simple and has a multitude of benefits that we cannot achieve in standard tuning. In essence, tuning our guitar to a chord will give us all of our sweet notes across the width of one fret, which means we'll be able to establish our resolutions easier negating the need to learn new scale patterns and we'll also be able to play double-stop and triple stop ideas (2 and 3 notes played at the same time) giving us some really nasty, down and dirty blues slide harmony ideas. Sound good? It is good and you are going to be playing slide like a banshee before you know it. Let's dig in!
The open tuning that we are going to learn in this section is open G. What I mean by open tuning is that we are going to tune your guitar to a G chord. This is achieved by changing the pitch of three strings. We are going to lower your top and bottom E strings down to the pitch of D. The A string is then lowered to the pitch of G. What you should have now from low(pitch) to high is D - G - D - G - B - D. This is open G tuning.
The reason for tuning your guitar to a specific key or chord is that it gives you six chord tones or sweet notes over one fret wire. For example every note now in our G tuning at the 12th fret is a chord tone of G. If I were to then play notes at the 5th fret across the 5th fret wire I would get chord tones of C. To further illustrate this, move the slide up to the 7th fret and all the tones at that fret are chord tones or sweet notes of D. It's a beautiful thing and it allows us to play adjacent strings together for some nice chordal or double-stop type slide licks. Anyway, let's listen to the performance and get stuck in to learning some cool open G slide licks.