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An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar

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  • Chapter 1 16:05

    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".

  • Chapter 2 6:02

    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".

  • Chapter 3 12:21

    Chapter 3

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

  • Chapter 4 11:25

    Chapter 4

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

  • Chapter 5 7:37

    Chapter 5

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

  • Chapter 6 14:10

    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".

  • Chapter 7 10:19

    Chapter 7

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

Product Overview


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 Carter’s raunchy “Cigarette Blues,” and Jimmy Murphy’s dynamic country tune “Electricity.”

In each song, you’ll 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 McTell’s 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 Carter’s “Baby Don’t You Do It No More” and Clifford Gibson’s “Tired of Being Mistreated” round out the lesson with some haunting blues sounds!


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