Since Johnson's time, players - including guys like George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, Ry Cooder, Jerry Douglas and Roy Rogers - have built entire careers around slide guitar and its many stylistic varieties. Keep turning the peg and plucking the string until you reach the note B. They actually started digging in their heels long before Robert Johnson made his haunting Delta blues recordings in Texas in the 1930s. Iconic songs like “Jumpin Jack Flash” and “Gimme Shelter” use open E and make use of lush chords and frequent hammer-on and pull-off fills. -- E (highest string). For proof, just listen to In My Time of Dying from Physical Graffiti. I've gotta buncha blues slide tunes down as well, but if you got more list em here: Although not primarily known as a slide player, … You can hear some of the beautiful chord voicings he was able to achieve with open strings on a song like “Shelter From the Storm.”. For some quality later work, check out Cheer Down from 1989 and "Any Road" from 2002. These are in the style of Derek Trucks an Duane Allman for the most part. Both the web and app versions give you the ability to adjust your settings and tune specifically to open E and other alternate tunings. -- D Although Page also played slide on When the Levee Breaks, Traveling Riverside Blues and What Is and What Should Never Be, his distinctive slide style simply defines the powerful and dark In My Time of Dying. First, it allows you to play major chords at various points along the fretboard by simply barring your finger across any one fret. One way to advance your skill as a guitar player is to experiment with alternate tunings. It’s possible you may have to go back and readjust some of the newly tuned strings, until your guitar adjusts to the new tension of these three strings. You can use either the Electric Guitar Online Guitar Tuner or the Acoustic Guitar Online Tuner, or download the app to your phone. To give you a reference, a good easy one to start with would be The Honeymoon is Over. Bridging the gap between rock and blues, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards was a huge fan of open tunings, and he leaned heavily on the use of jangling open strings as part of his trademark style. Perhaps the polar slide opposite of George Harrison, the heavily blues-influenced Rod "The Bottle" Price (Yes, they called him "The Bottle") let it all hang out in his solo near the fadeout of Foghat's signature track. All rights reserved. And then there was the inventive guitarist who, many decades ago, decided to slip a bottle over his finger and slide it along his guitar's strings to produce a magical sound (He probably emptied the bottle himself, if you know what I mean). Turn the tuning peg for this string away from you, raising the pitch of the string. These songs are presented in no particular order. Below, we present 10 tracks that represent essential listening in the world of slide guitar. Be sure to investigate the acoustic Dallas from Winter's self-titled 1969 album. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. A more modern use of the tuning is on the Black Crowes’ 1990 hit single “She Talks to Angels,” where the acoustic guitar moves freely between sections of melodic chords, sliding lead phrases, and carefully placed harmonics. For our official acoustic guitar entry, let's not forget the late, great Rory Gallagher, shown here playing a version of John Lee Hooker's Wanted Blues. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, The rise, fall and rediscovery of the Fender Jaguar, How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips. They can also easily play harmonics across the 5th, 7th, 12th frets that form pleasant-sounding major chords. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher.