Sliding Technique

author: kcsk8r date: 04/21/2004 category: for beginners
rating: 5.3 / votes: 27 
If you have ever seen a tab that looked like this:
h-hammer
p-pulloff
/-slide up
\-slide down
b-bend
r-release

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------9---9---------------|
D|-0-0--4---7/9-------------0-0--4---7/9---9-7----7-----------------|
A|--------5-----7-9-5--2-0---------5-----7--------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|*
*Vacant Skies [Intro] by Sparta
But had no idea what sliding was or how to do it, like all of us wondered once, then today is your lucky day because I am going to teach you how to slide. First of all, you need a slide. Slides are either glass or metal, so they are pretty cheap unless you want the fancy ones. You can buy these for anywhere from 3 to 15 dollars, or if you have a friend who is an experienced guitarist and has a slide he/she doesnt need, then maybe he/she will be generous and give you one. Frankly, it does not matter how you get one, so long as you do. The slide, which may look slightly painful if you do not know how to use it, fits on your forefinger. You can think of a slide as a moveable fret. Instead of trying to slide by sliding your fingers across your neck and hitting every fret loudly, this wonderful invention called a slide produces the same sound without all the fret-hitting. After you have put the slide on your finger, you place the finger that the slide is on onto the fretboard. You can play multiple frets later, right now lets focus on playing one string at a time. To start, lets place the finger with the slide on it on the seventh fret. All of the strings should be pushed down, but lets play D (with standard tuning, not dropped D). After plucking the D string, especially if you have an acoustic guitar, quickly move the slide from the seventh fret to the ninth fret before the sound diminishes. A tab for this would look like:
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|---7/9-------------|
A|-------------------|
E|-------------------|
Using this process you can eventually play songs that look like this:
|----5---------------------|----8-8-8b--8p5------8-10p8--------------|
|------8-5-----------------|-8b-------------8/10--------10-8----8h10-|
|-7b-------7-5---7-5-------|---------------------------------10------|
|--------------7-----7-5---|-----------------------------------------|
|------------------------8-|-----------------------------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------------------------|

|------5-----------------------------------|
|----5---8p5-------------------------------|
|-7b---------7-5---7-5-----------5---5-5p0-|
|----------------7-----7-5---5-7---7-------|
|--------------------------7---------------|
|------------------------------------------|

|-5--------------------------|
|---8-5----------------------|
|-------7-5---7-5------------|
|-----------7-----7-5-7-5----|
|-------------------------8v-|
|----------------------------|

|--------------------|-------------------|
|--------------------|----------------13-|
|--------------------|-------12-12h14----|
|-----10h12p10----10-|-12/14-------------|
|-/12----------12----|-------------------|
|--------------------|-------------------|

|--------------------|-15b-15p13-|
|-15b-15p13-15p13----|-----------|
|-----------------14-|-----------|
|--------------------|-----------|
|--------------------|-----------|
|--------------------|-----------|

Repeat this 12 times
|----------------|
|-15br-p13----13-|
|----------14----|
|----------------|
|----------------|
|----------------|

|-15b-12-15-12--------------------------------15-------------|
|--------------15-13----13-15-13----13-15-15b----15br-p13----|
|--------------------14----------14-----------------------14-|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|

|-----15-17p15-------------------------|
|-15b----------15br-13-15-13----13-15b-|
|----------------------------14--------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|

|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-14b-14b-14-12-14-12-14v-|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|

|-----------------------------|
|-----5-------5---------------|
|-10b---7-5-7---7-5-7-8-7-5---|
|---------------------------7-|
|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|

      |- 6 times --|
|-----|--20p17-----|-----|
|-/17-|--------17--|-20b-|
|-----|------------|-----|
|-----|------------|-----|
|-----|------------|-----|
|-----|------------|-----|**
That was a Stairway To Heaven [Solo] by Page Jimmy. Good luck and check out the other lessons for more information.
Comments
Your captcha is incorrect