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(@davebf)
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I have a metal slide, and I just use it on my run of the mill cheap ol' electric. The only thing I do with tht slide is play Free Bird. I believe the purchase was completely worth it D


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(@dogbite)
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you are sliding in standard tuning I presume.
look further down for a post by Vic. he played some very nice blues in standard tuning.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I still love "Freebird" after all these years. Funny thing about the intro - it's pretty easy to play in standard tuning, even though I think it's actually played in open G tuning. I know the song's in G....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@ricochet)
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You can play it identically in Open G or in standard, by using only strings 2-4. (There's a slide up on the bass strings that's mostly just noise.)

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@dogbite)
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look out. my laps are tuned G and I have a holiday tomorrow.

freebird! :P

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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You can play it identically in Open G or in standard, by using only strings 2-4. (There's a slide up on the bass strings that's mostly just noise.)

Doh - how dumb can you get! I didn't think that one out, but yeah, that's where I play the intro.....in standard!

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@ricochet)
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That strings 2-4 thing is handy to know if you're an Open G slider and want to go try out guitars in a store. Don't have to retune to mess around, just keep 1, 5 & 6 well muted.

FREE BIRD! :D

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@davebf)
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I've never even tried Open G... sounds fun though...

I usually play it in standard because I don't have the time or knowledge to tune it to Open G (especially on the fly), and I play the chords at the beginning, and I wouldn't know how to do that in Open G.


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(@ricochet)
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Open G is fun. Don't need a new tuner or anything, if all you have is a 5 note "guitar" tuner. You're tuning 3 strings down a bit from standard. From lowest to highest, it's DGDGBD.

Go here to check out chords in Open G:
http://www.looknohands.com/chordhouse/guitar/index_rb.html

A barre across the strings at any fret gives a major triad. Altered chords like a minor or sus can be done by fretting the second string behind or ahead of the slide. (Ahead only if you have the slide on a finger other than your pinky, like the ring finger.) All sorts of chords can be fretted without the slide, as banjo players do. (They're usually tuned in a version of Open G.)

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@davebf)
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Wow Ricochet, thanks a lot... You've been really helpful :)


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(@ricochet)
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You're welcome.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I knew I'd seen this before somewhere......about playing the intro on the 2nd 3rd & 4th strings.....
Talking about commonalities between Open G and standard, you can play Freebird entirely on the 2nd-4th strings, so it's the same in either tuning if you're a good string muter.

Posted on Friday July 15th 2005 in a thread called "Welcome to all the new members!"...... http://forums.guitarnoise.com/viewtopic.php?t=16571

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@ricochet)
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Yeah. Probably wasn't the first time I'd said that, either.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@biker_jim_uk)
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Is there a tab available for the standard tuning Freebird? I quite fancy trying my slide out!


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(@ricochet)
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Dunno. I don't look for tabs and haven't found them very helpful. But the tab would be the same for Open G or standard in any case. :D

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