Tuning To Open E

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Open E tuning diagram

How to tune to open E:

  • Low and high E strings stay the same
  • A string is tuned up one step to B
  • The D string is tuned up one step to E
  • The G string is tuned up a half step to G#
  • The B string stays the same

Some songs that use open E:

  • “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley
  • “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and  “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
  • “Prodigal Son” also from the Rolling Stones- originally by Robert Wilkins.
  • “It’s So Easy,”  by Guns N’ Roses
  • “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes
  • “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh

Open E tuning is often used for slide guitar, as it constitutes an open chord, which can be raised by moving the slide further up the neck. Most notably Duane Allman used Open E for the majority of his slide work, such as in “Statesboro Blues”.