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Chords and Licks in Open D Tuning


Open D is such a loud ringing and rich tuning to play in. I can never get enough of it. Once you learn beyond the 1-4-5 basics and some other chords be they minor or major you can site for hours just improvising and exploring open D. I just teach some basic chords and licks in this video for Open D Tuning.

There are so many different types of music that use open D tuning to great effect. In this video I go through all the basics to get up and running and composing quickly, because composing has to be one of the funnest things to do in this tuning.

Remember in the beginning if you are a beginner that it takes time and practice. It all sounds mechanical in the beginning for anyone just starting out.

Just keep banging away at it. If you love Blues stuff then give “Blind Willie Johnson” a listen. His voice was really gravely and some people don’t like it but his slide playing in open D was really spooky sounding. He probably had the best vibrato in this tuning I ever heard.

Just have fun.

Simply My Opinion on the Blues

Everything I say, or play, or teach is simply my take on the Blues. I don’t profess to be anything other than I am. A guy who has always been fascinated by the Blues, it’s music, it’s people and its history.

There are a lot of great players out there who have attained a depth and proficiency  I never will. I’m ok with it. I have always played for me. The Blues has always been a puzzle I’ll never solve.

I get more out of teaching someone something I’ve figured out than out of anything else, except for playing myself.

I always recommend you listen to the original to really get the feel for the song or the lick. Buy the discs and listen to them often just for the joy of listening.

I know there are a lot of people on youtube and elsewhere trying to make a living teaching guitar and kudos to them.

I will never charge for any lesson and don’t dis on them for doing so. I give lessons in my home for free too.

To me the Internet is about sharing information. And I love to share what little I know about playing the blues.

The most important thing is that you get something out of the lesson. If only one of you does then that’s good enough for me.

It’s also important to take the music somewhere else. I know there are a lot of “Blues Purists!” I’m not one. If the Blues stayed pure then Rock and other genres of music would never have formed.

Take the music somewhere else. Improvise and stretch the boundaries. That’s exactly what all the old guys were doing anyway.

Thanks for watching 🙂