#1
i have alway wanted to play slide guitar but i recently read i need to raise the action an change the tuning on my guitar, so tell me what i need to do would ? cheers
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#2
check the only slide guitar thread in the blues forum

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#3
Tuning depends on the song that you are playing. For example, Led Zeppelin's In My Time of Dying is in open E tuning. Look up that tab and give it a try. I don't know about the need to raise the action or anything.
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#4
Raising the action definitely helps, but it's not required unless you use thing strings. You just need to have enough tension on the strings to keep a nice smooth sliding sound.
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#5
you don't need to do either, but they can help.
You can play slide with low action, but since you're not trying to push the strings down to the fretboard, higher action is 'better'.

Ususally open tunings are used, so if you play all the strings with the slide across one fret, then it won;t sound like crap. You can always use standard, but it's mostlyfor playing cool sounding solo things, not so much chords.
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Tuning depends on the song that you are playing. For example, Led Zeppelin's In My Time of Dying is in open E tuning. Look up that tab and give it a try. I don't know about the need to raise the action or anything.

It's in open A.

The easiest way to learn slide is to use an open tuning, but it is very beneficial to learn it in standard as well.

Like I said check the blues forum. All you need to know is there
#7
I'd suggest trying open g tuning first. Just tune down the low e, a, and high e strings down one whole step.
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#8
I play slide on my regular guitars without any action problems - just don't be too heavy. It is certainly possible to play in standard, one example of the top of my head is Brett Garsed - he plays with the slide on his middle finger so he can angle the slide. Here's a vid. http://youtube.com/watch?v=5TCL6PIRQV4
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#9
I tend to use strat when I play slide guitar don't know if that will help but i figured i would share