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  • Good Songs in Open E

    Greetings All,

    Last night, I tuned my Alvarez to Open E to play a couple of songs. I was wondering if you all might chime in with some other good songs in Open E.

    So far, I've got:

    She Talks to Angels
    You Can't Always Get What You Want
    Gear:
    Breedlove Atlas AD/20SR+
    Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard
    PRS SE Singlecut Trem
    Fender Mustang 1
    Bad Monkey

  • #2
    isn't goo goo dolls "name" in open E?
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    • #3
      Have you tried putting a tube made of glass or metal on the finger your fretting hand and played some slide? Open E is ideal for that.

      I tend to use open D or G as it puts less tension on the guitar.
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      • #4
        I'm gonna try tuning to Open D to lower the tension. I'm not much of a slide player. But yea, with Open E, Statesboro Blues is a good one.

        One more song to add to the list:

        Big Yellow Taxi
        Gear:
        Breedlove Atlas AD/20SR+
        Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard
        PRS SE Singlecut Trem
        Fender Mustang 1
        Bad Monkey

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        • #5
          "She moved through the fair", a nice 'traditionalish' tune is really good in open D

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          • #6
            Do you know Prodigal son from Rolling stones?I started with it...and it helps me a lot .Easy chords.Hypnothic rhithm. Great.

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            • #7
              Virtually any song from the "Blood On The Tracks" album by Dylan - the original versions were all in open D / E.
              Howard

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              • #8
                Allman Brothers - Little Martha

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                • #9
                  black dog

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                  • #10
                    I prefer to tune to open D and then capo up to E. This opens up a lot more possibilities and is easier on your guitar and strings (not to mention your fingers). It's also one note away from DADGAD.
                    Blind Blake played some really nice stuff in this tuning. Police Dog Blues is my favorite.

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                    • #11
                      My absolute favorite song of all time is in open E - "Say It To Me Now" by Glen Hansard (of Irish band the Frames). The guitar part is really rather simple, but its an incredibly fun song to sing.

                      Others I like to play in open E include:
                      "Melissa" (Allman Brothers)
                      "Parachute" (Guster) - actually in open D, but open E will work

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the recommendations. I've got some research to do.
                        Gear:
                        Breedlove Atlas AD/20SR+
                        Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard
                        PRS SE Singlecut Trem
                        Fender Mustang 1
                        Bad Monkey

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                        • #13
                          John the Revelator!!

                          Need a slide though!
                          "Facto Non Verba"

                          Here's my music

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                          • #14
                            Lap slide master Jeff Lang play this beautiful song in open E

                            Ain't no money in poetry
                            That's what sets the poet free
                            I've had all the freedom I can stand
                            Cold dog soup and rainbow pie

                            GUY CLARK - Cold dog soup

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                            • #15
                              I personally don't like to tune UP to open E (or A for that matter) because of neck tension issues. Instead I tune down to open D (same sequence of notes, just DADF#AD).

                              Some of the songs include Allman's "Little Martha", Kottke's "Echoing Guilewitz" and "Watermellon", Faheys "Poor Boy" and "John Henry", Blind Boy Fuller's "Police Dog Blues", the old standards "Steel Guitar Rag" and the song the tuning is named after, "Sebastapol" (or Vestapol). I also do "Dark is the Night, Cold is the Ground", "Careless Love" and, oh my gosh, gotta be a few dozen more.

                              Another cool little trick is to take any song in open G (or A) and move it down one string (up from the floor) - the notes played on the first string move to the second, notes on the second move to the third, etc. You can kind of figure out what to do with the first string. Works for many, but not all song.

                              Kelly Joe Phelps does all his lap slide in open E, but capoes up a lot. And electric slide players like open E - the famous Elmo James lick also works on an acoustic.

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