Open E tuning is another open tuning that is very simple to learn and play. In fact, open e has the same note intervals as open d tuning so you can play chords and songs in the same fashion as open d tuning.
The only difference is you would be playing in a different key – E instead of D. This can be resolved with a capo. In fact, by placing a capo on the scond fret of a guitar tuned to open d, you instantly get a guitar tuned to open e. Simply start playing as if the third fret were the first and you would have no idea that you were in another tuning, as you could play any song the exact same way you did in open d.
This is one reason why we have listed open e songs on our website in posts such as “The Big List of Open D Songs“. You can easily play a song in open d that was meant for open e as long as you have a capo. The hit song “She Talks to Angels” is a great example of this.
If you don’t have a capo that is no problem either. Simply tune your strings one step higher:
Open E Tuning:
You may find that string tension makes a difference when you are deciding between using a capo or actually tuning the strings. Often the string tension of open d is easier on an acoustic meaning open e would be ideally played with a capo. On an electric the opposite might be the case. Open D may feel too loose for your taste, so you may want to simply re-tune up to open e.
The string/note intervals of open e, open d, and open g are all ideal for playing slide guitar and blues. Though they were most definitely NOT the ones to discover these tunings, famous musicians such as Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Kieth Richards and more have brought these open tunings to the forefront of popular music with hit songs such as “Little Martha” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – both of which utilize open e specifically.
There are many songs that can be played in open e tuning here in our…
Ready to play? We also have 3 Easy Open E Chords to get you started in no time!