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Using the slide in D Minor or E Minor Tuning
Minor tunings work well with slide guitar; there’s nothing as spooky or sad as this combination. A simple change of tuning the 3rd string a half
step down from D or E tuning gets you there (change F# to F from D tuning, G# to G from E tuning). Let’s get started by looking at the lick-building diagram for this tuning, this time using a Dorian scale.
Here are a few chords in D Minor to get you started. No sobbing allowed!
Here is a lick in the style of Blind Willie Johnson:
Here is an “L” shape lick off the 12th fret. “L” shape refers to the movement you can make when outlining chords with a slide. It’s much like how a
knight moves in chess. The “L” shape can be backwards, forwards, rightside up and upside down.