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November 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Guitar Slide

Playing the slide guitar isn't as intimating as it may sound at first. With a little bit of knowledge and a few slide guitar lessons you'll be playing well in no time. Making music with slides has been popular for over a hundred years and is a favorite tool among the blues musicians, jazz, country, and soul artists.

Slides are made from metal, glass, or plastic and it is possible to make a slide at home by using the top of a glass bottle but be sure not to cut yourself in the process. In the past, musicians even used bones to make home made slides.

Musicians often find playing with a slide to be a tad difficult because they can't mute as many strings and the object itself can feel weighted until the player gets used to making music with a slide.

Among many sights online there are free slide guitar lessons available through video and article clips. Before you begin to learn how to play with a slide you'll need a few essential items: an acoustic or electric guitar, a capo, a tuner, and the other necessary gadgets needed to play.

Guitarist need to be aware that playing with a slide requires the tuning to be adjusted. Tuning in the standard way involves the notes: (E,A,D,G,B,and E.) Using the key of D major for an open tuning utilized the notes: (D,G,D,G,B,D.) Open tuning is preferred among blues musicians even though some guitar players do not understand or have never heard of open tuning their guitar.

Open tuning allows bar chords to be played using a slide which can make things easier for folks that have trouble with hand strength; but, understand that playing with a slide creates a different kind of sound and it may not be one you want to use all the time. It's recommend to at least try using a slide to see if the method of sliding will work for you and, if you like it, you can keep going from there, adding different methods of playing as you get better.

Famous blues musicians who have used the slide are: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton. Sound wise, the slide seems to work great for the sound production that these artist look for or have looked for in the past so if you're genre of choice is blues, then playing with a slide is defiantly the way to go. Keith Urban's earlier music features Kurt Lorange, an awesome slide guitarist who originally came from Canada and now resides in Australia.

Learning to play the slide guitar could reveal a blues talent and lead to fun times. It's a long journey learning to use the different variations that you can play and doing so can be best accomplished by being patient and practicing with your slide.

Learn slide guitar: Slide Guitar Method 1 DVD

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