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Frankie and Johnny

Main Section Breakdown

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Frankie and Johnny > Main Section Breakdown

In this lesson we will learn how to play in the fifth position in open A or 'spanish' tuning. This will enable you to play in the key of E while tuned in open A, a very useful skill when playing slide in open tunings. Start with getting comfortable with the alternating bass and then move on to sounding out the melody with the slide. Take your time and mind your tempo and rhythm. Of course it always helps to keep time with your foot as you play.

I hope you enjoy this one.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open A Tuning
key of E
Corey Harris
Slide Guitar
Open A Tuning
Frankie and Johnny

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 1:06 Open A Tuning

Loop 1:17 Playing a Song in the Key of E in Open A Tuning

Loop 2:14 Run-Through

Loop 4:50 Breakdown of Main Section to Frankie and Johnny 


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 8:38 Practice Loop

Loop 10:37 Closing Thoughts and What to Practice 





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Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Mar 21, 2016

I love this song. Now I know why I got stuck, your playing E in an open A!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 06, 2016 got it.  How is it going so far?

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Apr 07, 2016

it's going well. a couple of minor spots I might double tap a bass line. real close to getting it. Now focusing on the break part. I gave up on this one a long time a go. you have a bass player on the cut I heard, I just thought he was doing the line I couldn't figure out using the open A string. I was trying to play it inOpen E and went nuts trying to figure out the bass line!

tim james
tim james Mar 18, 2016

FAR OUT !!!!!  how am i gonna keep up?top stuff Corey !!!!!!!!!!!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 21, 2016

Thanks Tim!  Looking forward to you posting a video here.  Honor!

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