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If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent countless afternoons jamming alone in your room to your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs until what you were playing sounded something like what was on the album. As kids we idolized guitarists like Gary Rossington and thought that laying down his guitar parts was as easy as owning a Gibson Les Paul just like his and making our playing sound like a carbon copy of his, but as we got older we realized that mastering the guitar the way Gary has has nothing to do with being a carbon copy and everything to do with the way you approach learning your craft.
Still not convinced? Here are 4 tried and true ways to play guitar like Gary Rossington – they may not help you join Lynyrd Skynyrd one day but they’ll definitely give you a glimpse into why Gary and so many other guitarists like him are so incredible at what they do!
In the early days of Skynyrd, there wasn’t time to change tunings onstage and with only one guitar to experiment with Gary learned to play slide in standard tuning. These days, he’s got several guitars to choose from and depending on what he’s doing musically, the tunings are different for each one – but after hearing late legend Duane Allman playing in open E instead of standard, Gary felt compelled to explore open tunings himself. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I like to play in open E a lot. Duane Allman was real fond of open E and played it great, and he was a big influence on all of us. We were still teenagers when we’d go to see the Allman Brothers. When I first heard Duane he was tuned to open E and I didn’t know what the hell he was doing until I discovered open tunings for myself.”