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Open G Tuning and Slide Guitar Harmonies

Open G is one very flexible tuning, and the possibilities for slide players are endless. The open positions offer a great deal of open harmonies for that very Dobro-like effect  so often employed by players such as Ry Cooder, Lowell George, Bonnie Raitt and Lee Roy Parnell. They also, however, require a good deal of slide accuracy.

I employ a great deal of slide “tilts” and angling to achieve this effect, and you’ll see – up close in this lesson – just how this can be accomplished. The right hand dampening, as always, will be stressed as a very important part of the process.

Also in this lesson, I will spend some time on the higher slide harmonies that – though just as important – require a little less pure accuracy to make happen, and are still extremely effective. Split-string harmonies, as well as adjacent-string harmonies, will also be taught, so be sure not to miss this rare lesson about this very popular and highly sophisticated technique utilizing open G tuning. Enjoy!—Arlen Roth

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