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#1
Alright, Well there have been a lot of Slide threads, about one every week, so lets just make an ONLY slide thread.

To start off, most general tunings for slide would be the open G (D G D G B D),
A (E A E A C# E), E (E B E G# B E), and D (D A D F# A D), just to get that out of the way

Great slide artists include Duane Allman (Tuned in open E for Statesboro Blues), Muddy Waters (Mostly Tuned In Open G), Elmore James, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks (always in open E), Ry Cooder, Son House(Open G) and of course Robert Johnson

Remember this is the only slide thread, all other threads on this topic will be closed.

Discuss

PS: I edited in your guys posts
Last edited by ledhed68 at Sep 1, 2006,
#2
We should recommend songs by tuning, perhaps?

For open E (E B E G# B E) Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers, Duane Allman on slide.

(p.s. ledhed, maybe you could edit all our responses into your top post? )
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Last edited by psychodelia at Sep 3, 2006,
#3
Warren Haynes is a pretty good slider - He uses open tunings.

And lets not forget Derek Trucks when talkign about great sliders. Sure he's no Duane but he's still pretty great - He always plays in open E, always.
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#4
Lets not forget Ry Cooder, the man who trumps Duane.
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#6
What? Explain, please, before my head explodes from the strangeness of your opinion.

By the way, if anyone has some links to slide guitar lessons, could they post them please?
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#7
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(p.s. ledhed, maybe you could edit all our responses into your top post? )


Good plan. Just get a bit of info in the first post so people don't have an excuse to miss it.

Thanks for doing it ledhed
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What? Explain, please, before my head explodes from the strangeness of your opinion.

By the way, if anyone has some links to slide guitar lessons, could they post them please?


Psht I just never liked his stuff.
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#10
How about The King of the Blues, Son House? He nearly always played in Open G. His most famous song, Death Letter Blues ise played in that tuning.
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#11
I want to learn to play some slide. i haven't done anything other than mess around with it for half an hour (just before i got on the computer) so don't say anything too complicated.

right now the only cd's i have that might have some slide riffs on them are eric claptons 'me and mr johnson' (all robert johnson stuff, so if clapton doesn't use slide i could probably still use it anyway) and guns and roses 'live era 87-93' (i'm pretty sure the rocket queen solo uses slide) and maybe the very best of cream

anyway, could you either recomend songs off of those or recomend some good slide players. i already know about allman and trucks. but i also want to get some good technique going, and i heard srv is pretty good for that. does he ever use slide?

cheers.
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#12
Just listen to songs by the Allman Brothers like 'Dreams' and 'Statesboro Blues' and listen to the slide licks and use the ideas to play your own slide solos to the songs.

Anything off Derek Trucks' Soul Serenade album is great for sliding to.
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#13
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I want to learn to play some slide. i haven't done anything other than mess around with it for half an hour (just before i got on the computer) so don't say anything too complicated.

right now the only cd's i have that might have some slide riffs on them are eric claptons 'me and mr johnson' (all robert johnson stuff, so if clapton doesn't use slide i could probably still use it anyway) and guns and roses 'live era 87-93' (i'm pretty sure the rocket queen solo uses slide) and maybe the very best of cream

anyway, could you either recomend songs off of those or recomend some good slide players. i already know about allman and trucks. but i also want to get some good technique going, and i heard srv is pretty good for that. does he ever use slide?

cheers.

in my time of dying by led zep is a great slide song (the first one i ever learned on slide) its cool and you can steal some licks + its standard tuning
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#14
^ The version of In My Time of Dying that I know is in open A; I'm pretty sure it's not in standard. Good song though.
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#15
What's the best way to mute? My instructional book says to use either the pick or thumb of the picking hand, but it seems easier for me to either lift the slide off the strings, or use my palm.
#16
I use my thumb to mute the bass strings then the pointer finger for the G, middle finger for the B and ring for high E.

Then use those fingers to pick those strings and use the ones not being used to mute the strings you dont want to ring.
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#17
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What's the best way to mute? My instructional book says to use either the pick or thumb of the picking hand, but it seems easier for me to either lift the slide off the strings, or use my palm.


I use my palm and the fingers on my right hand, the ones im not using to hold the pick, to mute, for example if im playing on the G string, i palm mute the E, A, and D string, and mute the B and high E with my fingers im not using in my right hand.
#18
Quote by ZoSo.Led.Zep.
I use my thumb to mute the bass strings then the pointer finger for the G, middle finger for the B and ring for high E.

Then use those fingers to pick those strings and use the ones not being used to mute the strings you dont want to ring.


I generally do this, although I might move the fingers down a string when necessary.
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#19
can someone post a couple of tabs for me of simple slide riffs, that i don't need to hear a song to play? cheers
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#20
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#21
Quote by ZoSo.Led.Zep.
Warren Haynes is a pretty good slider - He uses open tunings.

And lets not forget Derek Trucks when talkign about great sliders. Sure he's no Duane but he's still pretty great - He always plays in open E, always.


I have to be honest with you, I think he is the new Duane. He grew up on the road with them and basically became him.
#22
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I have to be honest with you, I think he is the new Duane. He grew up on the road with them and basically became him.


He's different, but I wouldn't put him below Duane. Derek has a distinct style, and I think he does justice to songs Duane played on without being a copy. Great player.
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#23
hey guys..i just saw this video...and i have to learn to play this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJtmme6Raag

but i hear you guys say slide guitars are tuned in open E, i do not know how to tune in open E, i only tune by a korg tuner i have to the line gets on the green dot. i have been playing maybe 2 1/2 years. but i have never studied diff. tuning styles, if anyone could help me understand them to where i can make my axe sound like that i would be very gratful. thanx
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#24
tuning to open E is E B E G# B E. That way, the open strings make an E major chord.

or if you don't wanna tune up then tune to D B D F# A D and capo it at the second fret.
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#28
Can someone give me a detailed description of slide guitar? Thank you.
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#29
What do you mean Punk Rocker? A description of how to play it?
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#30
Quote by Mattefuller
tuning to open E is E B E G# B E. That way, the open strings make an E major chord.

or if you don't wanna tune up then tune to D B D F# A D and capo it at the second fret.

That would result in E C# E G# B E which is E6. The correct way would be to tune to open D, which is D A D F# A D and capo the second fret.
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#31
Hmm..well i checked the only tuning thread for how to tune to open d and i ended up screwing up my tuning and not sounding very slide bluesy. Any tips on how to do this? it said to fret one string here and make the other open string sound like that, its a bit confusing.
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#32
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Hmm..well i checked the only tuning thread for how to tune to open d and i ended up screwing up my tuning and not sounding very slide bluesy. Any tips on how to do this? it said to fret one string here and make the other open string sound like that, its a bit confusing.

No tuner? That would make things easier. If not, here;s how it's done:

Tune down E until your 7th fret matches the A string. Tune down G until it matches the 4th string of your D. Tune down B until it matches the 3rd fret of your G. (which is now Gb) Now tune down E until it match the 5th fret of you B. (now A)
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#33
any hints on a slide guitar to purchase up to about AU$500? I'm currently playing on a cheap strat copy and the frets drag on my slide and it sounds really dodgy... some links would be great... thanks... If i were to go with resonator, metal body or wooden body?
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#34
Metal body. Biscuit Cone. National. Brass body. All you need to know.
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#35
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any hints on a slide guitar to purchase up to about AU$500? I'm currently playing on a cheap strat copy and the frets drag on my slide and it sounds really dodgy... some links would be great... thanks... If i were to go with resonator, metal body or wooden body?

If you're going for an electric, you'll want a hollow-body, an archtop would be best. I'd go with an Epiphone, maybe a Sheraton II or WildKat. If you want an acoustic, pretty well anything will work, but don't cheap out for the general reasons not to cheap out. If you're after a dobro, wooden body. Epiphone biscuits are very nice, but avoid Fender resonators, they're terrible.
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#36
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any hints on a slide guitar to purchase up to about AU$500? I'm currently playing on a cheap strat copy and the frets drag on my slide and it sounds really dodgy... some links would be great... thanks... If i were to go with resonator, metal body or wooden body?


Actually ANY guitar will work for slide if it is set up correctly. The frets dragging on the slide sounds, to me anyway, to be more a lack of technique than a "bad" guitar. A VERY LIGHT touch is a requirment. You DO NOT want to push down on the slide. Drag your finger behind the slide to dampen the overtones (i.e. if you use the ring finger for the slide drag your middle finger, etc).

IF you were to go resonator maybe look at a Johnson or other inexpensive metal body biscuit bridge guys. Those will work and you can upgrade with a spun cone instead of the stamped one they usually have.


Good luck.
#37
Hey kids, i love my blues and jazz, and i'm very keen on learning slide guitar, i have a slide but no clue where to start with it, i'm an experianced player, could you please recomend me some good beginner slide guitar songs or point me in the right direction
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#38
Quote by Rb123
Actually ANY guitar will work for slide if it is set up correctly.


Provided it has steel strings. Nylon strings tend to produce a lot of noise with a slide.
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#39
does anyone know a good way to go about soloing with a slide over a song that is non blues? should i keep it in standard and just use the slide?
#40
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does anyone know a good way to go about soloing with a slide over a song that is non blues? should i keep it in standard and just use the slide?


a lot of it depends on your skill, and the song. Its very hard to solo in standard and use scales, at least for me, and keeping it clean, i tend to use open tunings though.