The Johnny Winter Story

Steve Foster on Johnny Winter Guitar Tunings

Johnny Winter playing a Mandolin

 This is a photo of young Johnny Winter playing a mandolin



Steve Foster and his band are one of the earliest Johnny Winter cover bands On this page Steve Foster gives some guidelines on the guitar tunings used by Johnny Winter.


Steve Foster on Tunings

Spanish tuning is: V-I-V-I-III-V, which equates to D-G-D-G-B-D in the key of G, or: E-A-E-A-C#-E in the key of A. Simply put, when you strum the guitar without fretting, it's playing a chord. Another Johnny favorite is the Vestapol tuning, which is: I-V-I-III-V-I, which equates to D-A-D-F#-A-D in the key of D, or: E-B-E-G#-B-E in the key of E. Some fine examples of these tunings in action can be heard on "Dallas" (open G), "Mean Town Blues" (open A), "Highway 61" from "Second Winter, "Mojo Boogie", "Stranger Blues" (open D), or the red hot version of "Highway 61" from "Captured Live", or "Let It Bleed" (open E). These are a lot of fun, and I encourage all guitar players to give them a try.

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