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The electric guitar adds a slide part to the intro. I had to hear this song many times before I notice the atmospheric harmonics that the slide guitar is playing during the first chorus. It blends in to the background, but does add a nice texture to it. He's using a combination of open string harmonics and notes that he's picking back here by the bridge, which sounds cool but is hard to recreate as not every guitar has access to these notes. And even if they do the pitch is different from guitar to guitar. So I've come up with a sort of concise and more accessible part. The spirit of a song like this is not to recreate it in minute detail anyway.

Let's get into the open C tuning and check out the little slide riff that happens before the rhythm starts.

Open C tuning is the same as the open D tuning or E tuning, only much lower. This may cause some issues as you're doing it, but I'll address those after we've gone through the tuning, so don't panic.

Our low E-string has been tuned down two whole steps from E to C. If your tuner has trouble picking up the note, you can use the 12th fret harmonic.

Then our A-string has been tuned down a whole step to G.

Our D-string has been tuned down a whole step to C.

Now our G-string is is tuned down 3 half steps to be an E-note.

Our B-string is tuned down 2 whole steps to G.


Finally our high E-string is also tuned down 2 whole steps to C.

So essentially this tuning is like this open E-chord, but down two whole steps. We have our root note, our 5, a higher root note, our major 3rd a higher octave of the 5 and finally a higher octave of the root note.

It's very likely that even if you can normally get away with playing slide on your regular guitar the strings are now so loose that it's impossible not to fret out. In that case you have a few options.

One of the options is to order an extension nut like the one I'm using here. It's around 10 bucks, and you just slide it under the strings. I like that I can use it with any guitar without having to alter anything.

You can also put on heavier strings for this, which will help with the tension. I have both the extension nut, and I'm using 13 gauge strings.

Finally if neither of these options appeal to you for any reason you can tune this whole tuning up one or two whole steps to open D or open E. Since we're barely using any open strings at all you can just transpose everything I show you down 2 frets if you're in open D and 4 frets if you're in open E.
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