EXAMPLE1 Open G licks
For open G the guitar is tuned to a G chord using the following steps. Tune the first and sixth strings down a tone to D, and the fifth string down a tone to G. The main advantage is that it can allow slide players to access the root and 5th bass notes (G and D) unfretted so it leaves your fretting hand free to use the slide higher up the neck, while your thumb can pick out the bass notes as needed. It also affords us nice straight lined chord forms, perfect for slide guitar. If you are new to slide guitar, then bear in mind that intonation is key. The pitches are correctly achieved by placing the slide directly over the fret wire with just enough pressure to make the note sound clearly - much like a natural harmonic is played.