Lovers of acoustic blues guitar will find a wealth of songs, licks and invaluable techniques on this fabulous introduction to open tunings and bottleneck style. Roy Binder teaches the essential techniques in a way that will be easy even for newcomers to slide guitar. Ray introduces you to open D tuning and alternate-thumb fingerpicking with a version of his original Travelin' Man Blues. This gets you into slide playing and helps you discover how to start improvising on a blues scale. Once you have the fundamentals, Roy launches into Willy Harris' 1928 Never Drive a Stranger From Your Door, Bo Carter's raunchy Cigarette Blues and Jimmy Murphy's dynamic country tune Electricity. In each song you'll learn accompaniment and lead parts, as well as pointers on how to make the tune your own Roy then introduces you to Open G, or 'Spanish,' tuning, making use of Blind Willie McTell's slide style in his original song Palm Trees Shaking in the Night. Bukka White and Muddy Waters licks slip into the ragtime-like tune She did You a Favor while Bo Carter's Baby Don't You Do It No More and Clifford Gibson's Tired of Being Mistreated round out the lesson with some haunting blues sounds.