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Unread 04-25-2009, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Songs in Open E tuning

I'm working on "She talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes and it is the first song I've played in open E tuning. It's actually really cool and I'm having a great time playing it but I can't see myself retuning my guit every time I want to play one particular song.

So, my question is, what other good/great songs are in open E? (preferably acoustic but I'll take what I can get).

Open E tuning is E, B, E, G#, B, E.
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Unread 04-25-2009, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

A lot of slide stuff is open tuned. Learn Statesboro Blues, it's easy enough.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Good info here:
Gibson Guitar: Guitar Tuning For Advanced Guitar Players, Open Tuning Guitar Music Mp3 Samples By Famous Guitarist
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Little Martha. Duane Allman from Eat a Peach. If you've never heard it, hear it,love it and learn it. No slide, in case you don't possess that skill.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Little Martha is great. It took me a bit to get it down, but if you can it impresses people. lol.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Statesboro blues by Blind Willy Mctell was cool. It might take me some time to pull it off. It's not my usual style but I like it.

I've never used a slide but I was inspired enough today to try using a beer bottle. I won't tell you how that worked out for me.

Question: Will leaving my guitar (which is set up to pitch) tuned open affect my intonation or twist my neck up?
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

I pretty much play in open e all the time and leave it so, I have never had any problems. Oh, and I use 11s, figured you might want to know that.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

That song kicks ass. I play it in standard tuning like warren haynes. That's because I'm too lazy too tune up just for that song. The slide bit is a bit harder that way. But I suck nonetheless at it in both tunings so there is another reason for me not retuning
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Wow! @ 4:16 Warren was playing on the 29th fret!

Today I saw the light, tomorrow I'm going slide shopping .
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Little Martha is great. It took me a bit to get it down, but if you can it impresses people. lol.
In college in '76, a friend asked me to figure it out for him. I was totally self taught except for a book of chords I had with my first guitar in '73. At that time I was about the best acoustic player around but I knew nothing about alternate tunings. So I figured it out in standard tuning. I knew it didn't sound quite right but at the time didn't know why!
The internet and tabs are wonderful things!
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Does anyone know where i can get the TAB for Just Got Paid in open E? I know the opening riff in standard tuning but would love see it in open E
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

You could try these...

You can't always get what you want
I think "name" is open e. (goo goo dolls)
Prodigal Son by the stones
Lot's of Bob Dylan is open e or d.

You can also tune your guitar to open D and capo it up to open E.

Most of this information was on acapella.harmony-central.com btw.
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Does anyone know where i can get the TAB for Just Got Paid in open E? I know the opening riff in standard tuning but would love see it in open E
You only have to lower the riff on the 5th and 4th string 2 frets down and play the stuff on the 6th string at the same place.
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You only have to lower the riff on the 5th and 4th string 2 frets down and play the stuff on the 6th string at the same place.
Thanks MAN!!! just tried it and that pretty bad ass...
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

For the acoustic, have a look at Led Zeppelin. There's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, which is cracking good fun to play. From memory the album version is in F, but that's just a matter of using a capo at the 1st fret. Once you've worked out the parts, ditch the capo and play in E.

There's also Going to California which I think was in D. Again, it's the same tuning two semi-tones lower.

If you're into blusey open playing, check out an Aussie band called The Cruel Sea. They do a lot of tasty but quirky slide work. Good songs, too. To give you a reference, a good easy one to start with would be The Honeymoon is Over. This is in C, which is the same as E but 4 semi-tones lower. Learn it in C and play it in E. Another one of theirs, Delivery Man is in E.

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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Isn't I Drink Alone in open E, too?
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Going to California: Double dropped D.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Pink Floyd's Fearless is a great open E tune for an acoustic. That ascending run is a lot of fun to play.

That's the only one I've played though.
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Isn't I Drink Alone in open E, too?
Gotta do that one.
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Check out Keb Mo, John Hammond JR and Warren Haynes. They all have a lot of great songs in open tunings. Four Walls of Raiford is Open tuning too. Not sure if it's D or E but you should be able to tune to open D and put a capo on for open E tuning...
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Re: Songs in Open E tuning

Yeah, what would we do without the internet? Yesterday I learned my first song in open E: Say it to me Now, by Glen Hansard(Check it out it's great!). So today I just typed on google: Songs that use open E and now I'm on this haha! The internet is great
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