Vic Lewis looks at the basics of playing slide guitar in standard tuning, which is a great thing to know if you’d prefer to not keep changing your tuning every other song!
Slide Guitar Lessons for Beginners
Slide guitar is sometimes called bottleneck guitar. Instead playing notes by pressing the string against frets with your fingertips, a slide of either metal or glass is placed upon the string. Moving the slide up and down the string creates notes that transition in pitch different from normal playing. It’s a popular sound in blues guitar with artists like Duane Allman and Ry Cooder being the most recognised masters of this art.
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to turn a song into a single guitar arrangement and the first part of the answer is that you have to learn the song! In this lesson we break down this White Stripes’ song into its component parts – bass, rhythm and lead (learning them on the electric guitar) – so that we can later create a single acoustic guitar arrangement of this song.
Longtime GN reader Matt Desenberg contacted me last month about giving back to the community. Little did I realize it would be in the form of this terrific lesson that not only covers aspects of playing slide guitar, but also demonstrates how various slide techniques can improve your regular guitar playing. Thanks, Matt!
A fabulous innovation that will completely change the way you look at the guitar. The Jet Slide is a thin slide which you put on your ring finger with a ring. It stays behind your ring finger and pinky, completely out of the way so that you can play your guitar normally without having to worry about it. No more hassle putting on and taking off a slide!
There are a few different claims to the origin of the slide guitar. But whatever they are, slide guitar is forever associated with the sound of blues music.
What sort of things can you use to play slide guitar? Here are some ideas and a collection of tips to make your slide playing sound better.