Slide Guitar Basics

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  1. dennyn23

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    Hey everyone! So, I've been wanting to learn slide guitar for a while now, but have never really gotten around to doing it. What with the cold weather and whatnot, I've decided to go for it. Do you guys know of any sites or tabs or videos, or anything really which would help me learn the slide guitar basics? Anything is appreciated. I love the Johnny Winter/Duane Allman/Derek Trucks style of playing, so anything along those lines would be wonderful! Thanks in advance!
     
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    Tune to an E chord and work on basic intonation. A good exercise is sliding from the 7th fret to the 12h fret on the high E string and back again. Then move across the strings. Use your left hand to mute behind the slide. The hard part (for me anyway) is muting the unplayed strings with your right hand thumb and fingers. This requires giving up the use of the pick. Experiment and try to find a comfort zone. Try not to press the slide down onto the frets and work on your touch. Wearing the slide on the fourth finger may be best, but try it on the second and third finger.

    Listen to Elmore James!

    More to come...
     
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    Thanks very much for the tips! I know that the slide is a lot more feel and dampening then straight playing, so I'll make sure to play around with my slide and try to establish that feeling you need
     
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    Right. the tuning, low to high, is E-B-E-#G-B-E.
     
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    Or at least that's "open E", one of the more common slide tunings. There is open G, open, D.. some even play in standard tuning.
     
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    Thanks very much aznrambo!
     
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    listen to there influences;
    Robert Johnson
    Elmore James
    Johnnie Shines
    Mississippi Fred Mcdowel
    etc.. etc...

    As a rule of thumb, you will go forward faster by first going backwards.
     
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    GEORGE HARRISON...Just thought I,d stick my fave Slider in here :)

    RALPH
     
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    I know he doesn't play a Strat, but Derek Trucks is an amazing slide player. Duane Allman was also a monster slide player.
     
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    Everyone always forgets Gary Rossington.
     
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