June 11th, 2012, 06:31 PM
I've gotten a good deal of chicken pickin under my belt now and am getting better every day. Now I'm looking to start learning a little slide guitar to throw in every once in a while. I'm wondering if anyone knows any good websites/instructional vids that go over the basics of playing slide in a country context.
I have a steel slide and get the basics of how the slide works - can poke around and figure it out on my own, which is what I'll probably end up doing but if there is a good resource out there I'd love to see it!
Things I'm looking to learn:
-different tunings for slide
-which type of slide for country? (steel, brass, glass...I'm assuming glass?)
-basic country slide licks
I'm not trying to master it or anything - just want to be able to play slide on the contemporary country tunes on our list that have slide and maybe throw it in as a sub. for steel guitar in some situations.
June 11th, 2012, 07:37 PM
Good luck - I used to play alot of slide, but I got to a certain point where I felt I had to go one way or the other. I got to where I was good enough to know better, meaning to me that I needed to go all in, or not at all. When you get good enough to know you need to have a guitar set up for slide exclusively and also your electronics set up, it gets complicated.
I loved it, but it kind of limits you in a band format unless you are Bonnie Raitt.
She doesn't have to write songs and always has the best studio musicians-lol!
Slide is cool, but it needs accompaniment I always felt. Even the best slide players play with good voices ideally, or can sing themselves. I guess I felt I had to work too hard at it.
Maybe it'll come natural for you where you can pick it up only now and then like Billy Gibbons or Clapton.
June 11th, 2012, 09:51 PM
always stop at the top and curl into the melody note you want. trying to constantly stay 90 degrees to the fretboard is too unnatural. for me anyway.
June 11th, 2012, 10:26 PM
Ian McWee at Diamond Bottleneck slides turned me on to the instructional videos made by Mike Dowling called, "Bottleneck Blues and Beyond." I know that there are others out there, but if you're looking for instructional video material for slide guitar I don't think that you could do much better than Mike Dowling...
June 12th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Not sure if you can still find it, but Leroy Parnell has an awesome Vid and to take it to a whole other planet, Will Ray has a great video on his stealth slide(ring slide). I had problems with the Will Ray technique, as I was used to playing slide with a small bottle on the end of my finger, and his style requires you to use a different joint of your finger. It is very effective, but I'm an old dog that is used to playing slide differently. If you don't have a slide technique developed and are just beginning at it, this video kills!
I learned to play at the Duane Allman school of slide guitar. I also picked up Warren Haynes' slide guitar video in the 90's which was exactly the style of slide I could comperehend, but that is definitely more bluesy.
June 12th, 2012, 12:43 PM
Cool topic! I've been thinking the same thing. I'd like to learn too!
Thanks SpiderWeb, I found that DVD set for about $20, and I think I am going to try that out!
I'm definitely interested in tips.
June 13th, 2012, 03:41 PM
Warren haynes guide to slide guitar is quite comprehensive but very blues (with a bit of soul/jazz licks) oriented: http://www.amazon.com/Warren-Haynes-Guide-Slide-Guitar/dp/1575605244/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339615836&sr=8-1
It's also in standard tuning which means it's typically a very easy transition. I tried learning slide like 8 years ago and sort of gave up because i disliked the tuning issues, only within the last year or so I picked it up again but w/ standard tuning.
Slide guitar is almost a different instrument and definitely a different state of mind for me. I approach the neck completely different and generally think much more about timing, targeting notes (typically chord tones), and expression/touch. After playing with it almost exclusively for 6 months or so it's definitely started to permeate into the rest of my playing and has changed things for the better (for example I was more comfortable in the E shaped chord pentatonic area but with slide I'm much more comfortable in the A shape area, so even when I'm not playing with slide it's much easier to envision I-IV or V-I chord changes)... With that in mind, non slide resources that focused on CAGED and targeting tones were of a great help too!
sorry if that got long winded!
June 13th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Thanks for all the resources, folks. I suppose I would rather learn in a style that would allow me to stick with standard tuning as opposed to reconfiguring how I look at the guitar. I'm looking to add it in as more of a seasoning to my current playing than transforming it.
I got onto this slide kick because I learned this tune "Somethin Bout a Truck" by Kip Moore and as the only guitarist in my band it would be nice to throw in the slide licks as opposed to just doing straight up chords the whole time.
June 13th, 2012, 06:33 PM
Use your ears!
August 9th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Attempting to play slide has done wonders for my ear training...the guys are right its like a different way of thinking about the instrument. Been good for my timing too..
I was looking at that Warren Haynes book just the other day.
I started out practicing in std.; then tried open G, got hooked, and now I am having troubl going back; hitting too many wrong notes.