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Do you play slide?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Recalcitrant, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. JRapp

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    And Earl Hooker.
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  2. Tommy Biggs

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    I'm a big fan, it's such an expressive alternative. I've gravitated to Open E (tuned down to D though).

    I like playing on a National best, or an an old acoustic. Mostly I imagine because don't play slide in my bands. On electric I like my Strat best for slide - but haven't really thought about the why. I've never raised the action.

    I like brass or ceramic slides best - for me glass breaks eventually. My favorite is the Latch Lake 'Acoustiglide' tapered brass slide, but I've had different favorites over the years.

    Anyway - I love playing slide.
     
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    I toosh about a little,but I ain't no Ry Cooder. Open G mostly for me.

     
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    I have a dedicated Fender Hot Rod series acoustic tuned to open D. I try playing it like a lap steel, using a Dunlop brass slide as a steelie. I suck but it’s fun.

    I have Squier Surf Strat tuned to G. I use the afore mentioned brass slide, a Dunlop light glass slide and a Craftsman 5/8 deep socket to use on my pinky.

    All three slides have a distinctly different sound. Also use a Tube Screamer. I think you need a little bit of drive, especially with the Strats lipstick tube pickups.
     
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    I will fool around at home ( on acoustic) with playing blues in open tunings ( say G or open E)

    But on gigs, especially in my acoustic duo (in the last few years), I'm playing more slide in Standard tuning, but just 2 or 3 songs in a gig.

    I use a thick glass ( 2" long) Dunlop slide on my pinky and I'm getting pretty good at hitting the right chord positions in any key we may play in ( since I'm the singer, I pick the key anyway!)

    I definitely try to go for a Duane Allman phrasing, albeit in standard, and as I've been playing lead guitar for so long, I know where to go on the fingerboard.

    So it's more a matter of 'cleaning things up' with technique to get a good sound.
    I'll do the same on electric, but it's been manly acoustic gigs lately.

    Edit: I know I can get pretty repetitious with what I do play with the slide, so with slide on pinky, I'm able to mix in non-slide breaks or lines with other fingers
     
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    I've been playing slide for a while and continue to work on improving my playing daily.

    On tunings, I started out playing in open G but I've mostly switched to using standard tuning unless I'm playing a blues standard that works best in an open tuning. I occasionally use open D or something else to fit a particular song.

    I've got a couple of electric guitars that I usually have in an open tuning, a Harmony H-801 and a oddball parts guitar, but, for standard tuning, I use my regular guitars. On my acoustic-electric resonator, I use open G. I also have built and play several cigar box style guitars and they often have their own specialized tunings.

    My main slide is a copper gas pipe cut to about 1 1/2 inches in length. It's thicker than the copper water pipes you find at most home improvement stores but still lightweight. One trick I use with my slides is to line the inside of them with moleskin to get a good fit.

    My strings are usually 10's on my electrics. I've used heavier strings in the past but, since I switched to using standard tuning more, I've kept the guitars setup like I normally do.

    So far as amps, I most often use something Fender or Vox based, usually a modeler and sometimes the real thing, almost always going into a DI/IR setup. I also use a compressor pedal, currently an Orange Kongpressor.

    Here are a couple of examples of my slide playing...

    Open G slide



    On a 3 string "Sinclair Dino" sign guitar

     
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    I've dabbled. At a gig (electric), I'd usually play in standard tuning, just to add a different sound to a song or two.

    In a looser situation, such as a jam session, I might tune to open E or D.
     
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    Can I play slide? No.
    Do I play slide? I don’t not play slide.
     
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    just after 6 minutes into this - I think they should use this in hospital to see if people are still alive - only a corpse could not respond
     
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    I started playing slide very soon after I started play guitar back in 1970. I wasn't very good at that point, but was always fascinated. I studied Duane Allman, Joe Walsh, and David Gilmore for my sources. By '78 I was using bottleneck live on a Les Paul. I had a lap steel but it was pretty terrible. I eventually began receiving requests for lap steel and reso in recording sessions so I had to get serious and pickup the gear I needed. On bottleneck I mostly play in concert tuning and open E. On lap steel I play in concert, open E, open E minor, and in the studio I tweak in a sharp or flat as necessary to reach a chord or melody as needed. I find concert is the easiest tuning to quickly work out a melody because, of course, I spend so much time on concert tuning when playing Spanish style.

    I have three lap steels, the nicest of which is a 1940 Rickenbacher Model B that I recently tracked down. It hasn't been to the studio quite yet. Believe it or not, I get a fair amount of requests to create lead parts for art rock music.

    Bob
     
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    I really enjoyed that -the playing AND the tone you got which is key- thank you for sharing.
     
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    Why, yes! I do play slide. But I’m not going to claim that I’m good at it. :lol:
     
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    I dabble. My new favorite slide player:

     
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    Just from a lead playing perspective slide is a great option when you feel the need to break out of a rut. A few years back when I was the only guitarist in a band I started doing this thing where I would play the leads with a slide on the pinky and the rhythm parts with my 3 fingers. I wrote a couple of songs this way in open G. This demo is a good example.

     
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    I play slide in10 or 12 songs in our country/rock band. Using standard tuning so I can just grab my preferred Dunlop chrome slide(will never break) and play with no changing guitars.... usually a tele, I often back off the tone knob 10% as I put the slide on my ring finger and palm my pick. I made a hook to hang the slide on my mic stand for fast change up.
    A light touch on the left hand is imperative to not smack the frets and my action is set a thin hair higher. Right hand muting with fingers and palm. Playing clean or dirty, a compressor is helpful to limit some and add sustain. Standard tuning has some limitations, mainly, you can't easily get the 3-5 interval.
    Years ago, I got into a Tom Petty tribute band and had to get serious to deliver some of the slide solos in the repertoire. A challenging one was "Handle with Care" and I found that standard tuning worked great. Also "Learning to Fly" was cool too.
    Lastly, using compression, echo and volume pedal swells, it's fun to make atmospheric steel guitar sounds.
     
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    As with everything it’s your level of fuss/commitment.

    In the electric context I play guitar and lap steel. They are different things.

    Lap is tuned to open E and I use a steel.

    Guitar is tuned standard and I use a brass slide. For that slide requires a lite touch and (for me) fingers instead of pick/hybrid for standard electric playing.

    I can’t fuss about em with multiple guitars so I set up my electric to accommodate standard playing and slide.

    Because I’m really a guitar player, a slide or lap steel player, my style is atmospheric. Think Nels Cline or David Gilmour, Andy Summers or Johnny Marr when the sit down to play steel or put a slide on their finger.

    You hear it on our latest album if so inclined. I play all the fills/leads and the more riffy bits that aren’t pure rhythm, plus all the slide and lap steel.

    https://floormodel.bandcamp.com/album/slightly-damaged
     
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    As a slide player, I prefer standard tuning. That is because I have the entire fretboard memorized.

    Learning slide from an old blues cat in the early 70’s, I copied his home made slide. It is 3/4” type L, thick walled copper from the hardware store. I prefer the tone of the copper over glass, chromed brass, etc. I wear the slide on my pinky.

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    I meet Bukka White at the UC student union, we talked he looked at my old national duolian and laughed,
    he was very pleasant , I Like Mr. Whites Music alot.
     
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    Strat, tele, Godin, Larrivee, hamer, Gibson, all std tuning, middle pickup on strat, thr10c, glass dunlop 212, brass ‘swamp slide’ ... both small size on pinky... not particularly good at it, but sounds fine...
     
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