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Slide Guitar

Technique
CTown  
14 Sep 2008 20:41 | Quote
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I was given a slide long ago and never really utilized it. Is anybody really good at slide techniques? Have you come across somewhere online to get lessons? Do you have any ideas for songs to practice sliding?
EMB5490  
14 Sep 2008 20:43 | Quote
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i also need help ,plz, not to steal the thread, but my prob is tht it sounds like a cow being tourcherd, im getting other strings and it sounds horiible.
les_paul  
14 Sep 2008 20:52 | Quote
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When I play slide I lay it across all the strings. The big thing I found helpful is learning to mute the strings at the right time. I have never seen a lesson on this and I might be doing it wrong but it works for me. The only two songs I ever play with a slide are Free Bird and the Free Bird the movie version of Dixie. After all I am from the south ; )

EDIT: another important tip don't push to hard on the strings. I just lay the slide lightly across them. This takes some practice ( it did for me ) but it is very important.
EMB5490  
14 Sep 2008 21:11 | Quote
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i lay cross but i get shit shound...
les_paul  
14 Sep 2008 21:21 | Quote
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Are you pushing to hard and hitting the frets?
GRX40  
14 Sep 2008 21:23 | Quote
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I agree with LP, muting the strings makes all the difference. Most of the bad sound is all the extra stuff that comes from the strings ringing out.

The way I was taught (by the guy in guitar center, in about 5 minutes :D) was to mute the strings lightly with the finger next to you slide. I.e. if you have the slide on your pinky, mute with the ring finger.

This is what works for me, but play around with it a bit to see what sounds you get.

And this is where I started learning: CLicky
EMB5490  
14 Sep 2008 22:21 | Quote
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no, i go very lose, just doesnt have a good sound :(
Empirism  
15 Sep 2008 08:02 | Quote
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Im not much for slide, but I think slide should have different than standard tuning
baudelaire  
15 Sep 2008 14:00 | Quote
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tuning to a open chord, generally C, is excellent for slide guitar, since it makes it impossible for dissonance to occur do to slower decay.
mudnreo  
16 Sep 2008 18:49 | Quote
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most slide players tune to open D,E,or G. I use to use D or G but now I use Sandard tuning,. I also use a short slide. The trick to slide is muting, I use the slide on my pinky and drag my index finger behing it. I also mute with my right hand. my right thumb is used mostly for muting while I play with my index an middle fingers. most of my sliding is on the B & E strings for leads, and the D,G,& B strings for triad chords (A shapes). There are also lots of double stops you can use. I do not raise my action but use a very light touch on the strings with the slide. Dont hit the frets or it will sound messed up. Most of my sliding is lead stuff, but not always, and most of the chords I play I finger them normaly, exept when I slid those triads. I Never slde on the low E and A strings, I just don't like the sound of them with the slide. Although I don't do it much I can combine sliding with normal fingering in leads. If you want to slide practice slow and keep in mind the 2 main things are 1. muting unwanted nose, and 2 don't hit the frets. OH and one more thing to remember, you have to be dead over the fret for proper intonation of the notes you play unless you use vibrato, and when you use vibrato slide above and below the fret equally or it wont sound good.

I hope this helps
CTown  
16 Sep 2008 18:53 | Quote
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Thank you everyone... this helps quite a bit.


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