A Guide to Modal Slide Soloing in Standard Tuning

One of the benefits of playing slide in standard tuning, as opposed to one of the more commonly used open tunings, is that all of your learned notes, scale positions and chord shapes will remain familiar to you. The tradeoff is that, when in standard tuning, one cannot simply lay the slide across all six the strings to form an open chord, as can be done with an open tuning. Likewise, there are many standard slide licks that became staples of slide soloing specifically because of the open tuning used. For example, when playing in open E or D tuning, or in open A or open G, laying the slide across the top three strings at the same fret will give you a major triad, which is not the case in standard tuning.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.