Slide Guitar: Open D Major Tricks

Slide guitar is a lot of fun to play, partly because it is so different from how you’d normally play a guitar, and partly because it can be so expressive. In this lesson Colin Daniel (from teaches how to play a few slide riffs in between the rhythm. The rhythm we’ll use is a nice shuffle pattern I IV V that you’re probably familiar with from other lessons.

Slide guitar really lends itself to using open tunings, so in this lesson we’ll be using open D major tuning. Colin refers to a previous lesson where he explains this, but the biggest take away from that other lesson is that you need to be tuned like this: D A D F# A D.

The easiest riff you can do in an open tuning on slide guitar is to simply make an arpeggio out of the notes in the chord. It’s nice and simple, and sounds awesome. What’s not to like?

Three primary changes are I IV and V of course, and they’re found at the open position, the 5th fret, and the 7th fret. Don’t forget the octave at the 12th fret too!

Colin’s new course the Essentials of Slide Guitar digs into these topics in far more details; you can learn more about it here:

Slide Guitar Made Simple

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8 Responses to “Slide Guitar: Open D Major Tricks”

  1. Tigertra456 October 17, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    If it wernt for guitar mistakes, most of the rock, jazz and blues songs would not exist today.

    • Jonathan Boettcher April 17, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      Yeah, in a manner of speaking.

      • Randy Martinez May 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

        Great! That’s means I have created my own style and sound great! 🙂 That’s motivation . . .

  2. Boobby Bluses October 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    That’s cool Dude, Thanks for you hard work ,I am growing with your help

  3. Fred December 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    liked it, you give me more ideas, but I would tune to E major

    • Jonathan Boettcher December 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Those two tunings are identical, so if you prefer E major, that’s cool, you can use everything taught in this lesson, it will just be one key higher.

  4. Sue March 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    Never did this before, but I want to. Do you have a DVD for beginning and onward?

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