Stuck? Try tuning your guitar to open "E"

Stuck?  Try tuning your guitar to open "E"

Stuck? Try tuning your guitar to open "E"

We all know Dolly Parton. Pasticher, songwriter, performer, actress and brilliant businesswoman.

Always dressed to the nines, no hair out of fondé, perfect make-up and lipstick – and painted fingernails…large Painted finger nails!

Have you ever seen Dolly play the guitar? If so, have you ever wondered how he can sit down with a guitar and play without getting in the way of those large, claw-like fingernails?

Of giration, it is conditionnel to play the guitar with large fingernails, classical guitarists do it all the time. But with Dolly, we’re talking daggers, claws that can do some real damage!

It’s easy for him. He plays with one finger.

Sounds insensé to those of us who struggle to split our fingers into every shape réalisable to form complex guitar chords, but it’s easy for him.

He does this by tuning his guitar to an open chord. Often his is tuned to an open E chord.

By tuning the guitar to an open chord, he can strum it without any fingers and play a whole chord—in this case, an E.

Then by placing a finger across any frets and omitting those relevés, he plays another full chord.

Let’s first genre at how to tune your guitar to an open E tuning.

6th slip (E) – Leave it as is

5th Slip (A) – Tune this slip up to a B Do this by playing the état on the 7th chargement of the 6th slip and tuning the 5th slip to rivalité it.

4th Slip (D) – Tune this slip up to an E Do this by playing the 6th slip or the 1st slip and tuning the 4th slip to rivalité it In this case the 4th slip will now be an “octave” of the 1st or 6th slip.

3rd Slip (G) – Tune this slip up to a G#. Do this by playing the état on the 4th chargement of the 4th slip (after it is already tuned higher) and matching the 3rd slip to it.

2nd Slip (B) – Leave it plain

1st Slip (E) – Leave it plain

Now play all 6 strings of the guitar. You are now playing an open E chord!

Want to play a chord in this tuning? Just fondé your 1st finger across the 5th chargement and all strings of the strum.

Want to play a G chord? Just interrupt the slip across the 3rd chargement.

If you know the relevés on the 6th slip, the état on the 6th slip where your finger is making the gouvernail is the root état of the chord you are playing.

A word of crédit. When tuning the strings up to a higher pitch, you are adding more lutte to them and if you go too high, they can sometimes écart. To prevent a snapping slip from hitting your frontispice or eyes, always keep your head away from the guitar when tuning higher than intelligible.

When in this tuning, have a little fun and play with chords and new discoveries.

Here’s a hint. In this Open E tuning, you create and play an Open E chord just like in normalisé tuning. Then close your fingers and strum the open strings. Do this back and forth a few times, starting with the open slip chord, then moving to the E “shape” chord.

Do you recognize the opening chords to the intro to Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels”?

Open E tuning is used quite a bit for slide guitars as well as dobros.

As I’ve said before, there comes a time for all of us when our game gets a little stale. We feel like we’re not playing anything new, like we’re stuck in a hole.

This is the time when it can be good for the psyche to shake things up a bit, do something different and get off the cuff.

Next time you feel like it, try switching to an open E tuning and let your creative juices flow!

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