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ok, guys, any slide players here? i have looked all over the net and cannot find a single GOOD lesson on this style of playing. I know alot of slide is done in open tunings, and i'm experimenting with open G right now, and have a few basic techniques to work on, but that's about it.

Any artists you recommend me to listen to would be greatly appreciated also. Right now i'm only really listening to Eric Sardinas and Johnny Winter.
 

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Johnny in my opinion is the master of the slide.....if you are to learn it i would suggest listening to him to try to pick up on some of his stuff.
 

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Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Blind Willie Johnson, Tampa Red, David Lindley, Elmore James, Kokomo Arnold, Earl Hooker, and Mick Taylor, Sonny Landreth, and of course Johnny Winter
 

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Ry Cooder. Yea Baby! :thumb: Get a slide that fits on your ring finger so you can still fret notes with your other fingers. It is quite a bit of fun once you start in on it.:icon_peac
 

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david gilmour and jimmy page are also worth looking into for their slide playing
 

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El_jalepeno said:
Ry Cooder. Yea Baby! :thumb: Get a slide that fits on your ring finger so you can still fret notes with your other fingers. It is quite a bit of fun once you start in on it.:icon_peac
I've always worn the slide on my pinky; then fret the notes with the remaing fingers. I think that's the bets way to do it...
 

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I've always worn the slide on my pinky; then fret the notes with the remaing fingers. I think that's the bets way to do it...

yeah i wear it on my pinky to.
 

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yeah i wear it on my pinky to.
cool! :icon_thum I think on the pinky it is easier to control, and easier to play and fret notes...

How is your slide coming along? Do you use a glass or bronze slide?

This site has some pretty good info and links to other sites (if you haven't seen it already)

http://www.bigroadblues.com/slide/index.html

Musiciansfriend.com has some pretty good slide tab/cd books as well... :icon_thum
 

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Hmmm... I use my pinky considerably more than my ring finger. So whichever finger seems to work for you, go ahead and give it to yourself :thumb:
 

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Bob Brozman is a great slide player. he has some free lessons on his website www.bobbrozman.com If your serious about wanting to learn the delta style I would suggest getting his 3 dvd instructional set. Its really good. http://www.homespuntapes.com has a lot of slide guitar related stuff. Rory Block is supposed to have an instructional set out as well on blues playing, but I don't think she plays slide as much as brozman.
 

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I use the slide on my pinky. Cause I have fat fingers :)
My tip would be to listen to as much delta blues as you can. Don't limit yourself to just a few players. Take a little here and a little there. That allows you to develop your own style.
When I started playing I just tuned up to open G and went for it. After a while you'll hear what works. :icon_thum
 

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El_jalepeno said:
So whichever finger seems to work for you, go ahead and give it to yourself :thumb:

Thanks, I appreciate it. :icon_nono
 

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kudochop said:
cool! :icon_thum I think on the pinky it is easier to control, and easier to play and fret notes...

How is your slide coming along? Do you use a glass or bronze slide?

I've always used my pinky, and mostly use bronze slides, though I do have a couple of glass ones laying around. I lost my slide of 15 years awhile ago, it was thick brass, but was too big for my finger, so I pounded a thin chrome slide that fit my pinky inside the brass one, it was one heavy mama, but had a great tone. So I had to search and search for another slide that I liked, and finally found it in the Eric Sardinas Preachin Pipe, an absoulutely great slide, nice shape, great finish, and it fits my pinky and my playing style perfectly.
 

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One thing that is important when playing slide is to dampen behind the slide with your fingers to elimiate unwanted noise. Also, if your playing slide on an acoustic it will sound better with heavier strings. I use the preaching pipe with my dobro, but play glass or plastic when doing slide on electric.
 

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I've always used my pinky, and mostly use bronze slides, though I do have a couple of glass ones laying around. I lost my slide of 15 years awhile ago, it was thick brass, but was too big for my finger, so I pounded a thin chrome slide that fit my pinky inside the brass one, it was one heavy mama, but had a great tone. So I had to search and search for another slide that I liked, and finally found it in the Eric Sardinas Preachin Pipe, an absoulutely great slide, nice shape, great finish, and it fits my pinky and my playing style perfectly.
What is that Sardinas slide made of? I've seen some ceramic ones but I've always wondered what they sound like. You know, I've actually noticed that after playing the slide for a bit, in G tuning, it helps with improv in other tunings. I don't think it's the tuning so much as with a slide every note you hit is important. Wheras when just kind playing around without the slide, you can hit a bad note here and there. I love playing the slide though; crank up the reverb, maybe a little chorus. I've always wanted to play like Ry Cooder, every note that guy hits seem to be right on the money!
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kudochop said:
cool! :icon_thum I think on the pinky it is easier to control, and easier to play and fret notes...

How is your slide coming along? Do you use a glass or bronze slide?

This site has some pretty good info and links to other sites (if you haven't seen it already)

http://www.bigroadblues.com/slide/index.html

Musiciansfriend.com has some pretty good slide tab/cd books as well... :icon_thum

It's not coming along well...it's easy to get few techniques down...but i'm like where do i go from here? It's getting boring already haha. I wish there was a teacher in town that specialized in slide but there is not. Oh, and i use a bronze slide

Plus i still wanna keep up my 80's rock licks :icon_thum

Thanks for the link :)
 

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kudochop said:
What is that Sardinas slide made of? I've seen some ceramic ones but I've always wondered what they sound like. You know, I've actually noticed that after playing the slide for a bit, in G tuning, it helps with improv in other tunings. I don't think it's the tuning so much as with a slide every note you hit is important. Wheras when just kind playing around without the slide, you can hit a bad note here and there. I love playing the slide though; crank up the reverb, maybe a little chorus. I've always wanted to play like Ry Cooder, every note that guy hits seem to be right on the money!
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It's brass, but it is flared at the top, maybe its just me, but it suits my style perfectly.
 
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