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An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar

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    Tutorial 1

    Chapter 1


    Roy welcomes you to the series, and talks about the first tuning he'll be using, "Open D". He then plays a simple song he made up called "Travelin' Blues".

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    Tutorial 2

    Chapter 2


    Next up, Roy dives into "Vestapol Tuning" and gives some background to where it came from. Moving forward, Roy shows you "Never Drive a Strange From Your Front Door".

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    Tutorial 3

    Chapter 3


    Roy dives into a song called "Cigarette Blues", by Bo Carter.

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    Tutorial 4

    Chapter 4


    This video focuses on "Electricity" "Open G" tuning, also known as "Spanish Tuning".

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    Tutorial 5

    Chapter 5


    Roy plays "Palm Trees Shaking in the Night", and breaks it down for you.

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    Tutorial 6

    Chapter 6


    This video focuses on a song called "She Did You a Favor". Based on a few different styles, one of them being "Muddy Waters".

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    Tutorial 7

    Chapter 7


    Roy gives some examples on "Spanish Tuning" and plays "Tired of Being Mistreated" before signing off.

In this Homespun series, Roy Book Binder teaches the essential open tunings and bottleneck style techniques in a way that will be easy even for newcomers to slide guitar!

Roy introduces you to open D tuning and alternate-thumb fingerpicking with a version of his original, Travelin Man Blues. This gets you into slide playing and helps you discover how to start improvising on a blues scale.

Once you have the fundamentals, Roy launches into Willy Harris 1928 Never Drive a Stranger from Your Door, Bo Carters raunchy Cigarette Blues, and Jimmy Murphys dynamic country tune Electricity.

In each song, youll learn accompaniment and lead parts, as well as pointers on how to make the tune your own.

Roy then introduces you to Open G, or Spanish, tuning, making use of Blind Willie McTells slide style in his original song Palm Trees Shaking in the Night.

Bukka White and Muddy Waters licks slip into the ragtime-like tune She Did You a Favor, while Bo Carters Baby Dont You Do It No More and Clifford Gibsons Tired of Being Mistreated round out the lesson with some haunting blues sounds!


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Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years! He gave up his Greenwich Village "pad" in the early 1970's and lived in his "Tour Bus" for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe. Book Binder has travelled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60's and recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70's, which was the first to receive 5 stars in DOWNBEAT magazine! In the late 80's 'The Book' was part of Bonnie Raitt's East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry which led to almost 30 appearances on NASHVILLE NOW's, Ralph Emory Show. In the 90's he often appeared with JORMA KAUKONEN (who recorded 2 of Roy's songs) THE GOOD BOOK, Roy's latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect's Americana charts.

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