10 greatest slide guitarists and their preferred tuning(s)!

Y'all come on in and sit a spell. All things Slide and alternate tuning. Celtic, country...whatever. Get your fill of DADGAD, open G and whatever tickles your fancy. Strictly on topic please.
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Post by Ricochet » May 25th, 2007, 6:39 am

Elmore just got mentioned above. Open D or E will work for most of his stuff. You can get a long way playing his version of "Dust My Broom." Lots of folks have. :D
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Post by CitiZenNoir » May 29th, 2007, 6:55 pm

Witchdoctor -
I'm with ya there!!!!
I was actually starting to feel sick; going thru all those posts and NO ONE mentioned ELMO!!!!

OR
His greatest disciple - Jeremy Spencer
(or Peter Green for that matter)

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Post by smokindog » May 30th, 2007, 5:56 pm

I got an education on this thread :D I never heard the slide on LSD before...awsome. I always assumed George played the lap steel on "For you Blue" 8)

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Post by ClassicRocker » June 4th, 2007, 2:54 pm

Just a few of my favs.
Elmore james
Robert Johnson
Duane Allman
SRV
Clapton
George Thorogood
John Mayer
Warren Haynes (cant believe hes not mentioned already)
Bonnie Raitt
Billy Gibbins
Jimmy Page
Dickey Betts
Gary Rossington

Anyone see a pattern here. Obviosly Im a huge Allman Bros fan.
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Post by tinsmith » June 4th, 2007, 6:38 pm

Don't forget about Leo Kottke

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Post by GuitarGombak » June 6th, 2007, 2:57 am

how come no one mentioned Ry Cooder, or Muddy Waters. And how about the country pickers like Junior Brown, he's amazing!

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Post by smokindog » June 6th, 2007, 5:15 am

GuitarGombak wrote:how come no one mentioned Ry Cooder, or Muddy Waters. And how about the country pickers like Junior Brown, he's amazing!
Junior Brown is just awesome :D I was just listening to "Barnyard Blues" 8)

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Post by elpantalla » June 30th, 2007, 7:25 pm

What about Jack White?

Sure, he may not be the most technical slide player, but he can play the blues as well as anyone else in this thread.
One chord is fine.
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Post by tinsmith » June 30th, 2007, 8:03 pm

elpantalla wrote:What about Jack White?

Sure, he may not be the most technical slide player, but he can play the blues as well as anyone else in this thread.
Come on now.....stop foolin'

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Re: 10 greatest slide guitarists and their preferred tuning(s)!

Post by snakehips » October 19th, 2007, 9:49 am

Hi there !

What about their preferred guitars too ??

Gues who played one of these ?

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f390/ ... e20077.jpg

This one is definitely in open D.

This is me playing on my National :
http://youtube.com/watch?v=oMkO1Hulmcw

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Post by Ricochet » October 19th, 2007, 10:43 am

Elmore?
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Post by snakehips » October 20th, 2007, 11:50 am

Hi again !!

Correct !!!!

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Post by Ricochet » October 20th, 2007, 6:54 pm

He made it sound mighty good, too, didn't he? :D
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Re: 10 greatest slide guitarists and their preferred tuning(s)!

Post by Tonearm » October 23rd, 2007, 12:56 pm

Dang, I was hoping to mention Sonny Landreth and David Gilmore, but got beat to 'em.
Still how about a few more? I'm not saying any of these guys are part of the "10 Greatest", but they sure are worth a listen:

Son House - gotta love Death Letter Blues

Furry Lewis - Sloppy but great, unorthodox stuff

Roy Rogers - Several excellent albums, primarily slide guitar. Has a couple of Homespun lesson DVDs too

Watermelon Slim - Funny guy, plays lap-style, but uses a bottle-neck style slide. Check out "Fisco Line"

Kelly Joe Phelps - plays mostly fingerstyle now, but made his name early with his slide playing, such as on "Lead Me On". Just about my favorite player all around

And what about ole' Bob Brozman? The guy lives and breathes slide guitar, and he probably plays all tunings and instruments that can use a slide

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Post by Ricochet » October 23rd, 2007, 2:59 pm

Couple of Fat Possum's other old bluesmen I really like are Johnny Farmer and Charles Caldwell. Johnny Farmer's Vacation Blues just may be my very favorite of all the many versions of the Walking Blues tune out there. His style's rough, but oh man, is that song sweet!
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