5 Easy Slide Licks in Open G Tuning

5 Easy Slide Licks in Open G Tuning

Once you’ve gotten to grips with some of the basics of playing slide guitar such as the technique, the tunings and the scales, you can start to think about jamming over some of your favourite tracks and laying down some slide guitar licks and solos.

In this lesson you’re going to explore 5 simple slide guitar licks that can be used as templates for building further licks and taking your slide guitar knowledge that little bit further.

All the examples in this lesson are in Open G tuning, but these principles can be applied to any open tuning. This will change the sound slightly and the intervals between strings depending on what tuning you transfer them into, but the principles are the same.

Lick One

Lick One

This first lick uses a triplet feel with slide major chords. The chords are played three per beat for the first three beats before a single note line rounds the lick off.

This is a typical early blues style slide lick.

Lick Two

Lick Two

This lick uses the Open G take on the pentatonic scale for a descending line. This is the sort of idea that can easily be transposed to other pentatonic shapes or into other keys as needed.

The lick ends by sliding up to a C major chord on the D, G and B strings.

Lick Three

Lick Three

When playing slide in open tunings, you have a lot of room for repeating ideas to work well. This triplet phrase slides between the 5th of the D and 3rd of the G. Don’t worry about the notes being super clean here, a little residual slide noise adds to the feel of this lick.

Lick Four

Lick Four

This lick is a useful concept lick because it can be used to frame chords in a 12 bar blues. The chords used here are G, D and C, each is played in an arpeggiated style with an additional semi tone slide thrown in at the top of each.

If you take this concept, you can fit each one of these chords over their main, parent chords in a 12 bar blues.

Or, you can play it like this and use it as a lick.

Lick Five

Lick Five

This lick climbs the pentatonic scale along the high D string before coming through a quick descending run.

The descending run is based around the G major chord played across the 12th fret with a few quick semi tone slides up and down thrown in to break up the chord.

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