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Fundamentals of Open E

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Key Riffs

In this lesson we focus on a few key licks in the song.  I talk about different slide techniques that you can use to improve your slide playing.  Make sure you take the time to learn the different positions or notes that sound good.  

Listen closely then trust your ear.

Have fun.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Blind Willie Johnson
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Dark Was The Nigh Cold Was The Ground

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:48 Open E Tuning (E B E G# B E)

Loop 1:00 Slide Dynamics and Vibrato

Loop 5:12 Hammer Ons

Loop 6:15 First Riff from Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 6:57 Knowing Your Positions and What Notes Sound Good

Loop 8:31 Two Note Lick

Loop 9:14 Thumb Rolls to Begin a Phrase

Loop 10:20 Closing Thoughts





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stephane Feb 04, 2016

thanks Corey for your answer. your bottleneck seems to be closed at the top, i think it's really practical, but i don't find any like yours.

otherwise, i'm new on this site. thanks for sharing your work that i admiring, for your teaching method. and sorry for my english :)

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 10, 2016

stephane y'a aucune problem...ton anglais est tres bon...yes the bottleneck is rounded at the top...not quite closed...there is a small hole at the top...for air I guess. You can make your own...find brass pipes from an old demolished house and find someone who can cut it for you.  A machine shop might be able to even change the shape so that it is round at the top.  Otherwise, Tom has a very good suggestion....thanks for your comment.

tom dancer
tom dancer Feb 03, 2016

regarding Stephane's question.....I find a couple of bottles I like from the recycleing center and saw the necks off until one "speaks" to me.  Might try a tile cutter or take it down to your friendly glass blowing studio like I did and burrow their saw.  A fun, cheap project.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 10, 2016

great advice Tom thanks for sharing

stephane Feb 01, 2016

hello Corey,

what sort of bottleneck do you use ?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 03, 2016

I wish I could tell you where I buy this one or the brand name but I don't remember.  I prefer a thick glass slide if I am playing a normal wood body guitar.  If I am playing a reonator such as a National then I prefer a heavy, short brass slide.

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