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Do you play slide?

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

  1. Mr Perch

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    I have played slide for a long time. I use a Dunlop glass slide on my 2nd finger, because I have played in a lot of trios and it allows me to still play barre chords with fingers 1, 3 and 4. I started out with what I heard was the Lowell George tuning, tuning the high E string down to D to make the 4 highest strings into a G chord. I would tune that string down on tunes where I played slide, then tune it back for conventional playing at the gig, except when I forgot to tune it back, which was often. So then I learned to play slide with conventional tuning, which is awkward but it can be done. To get a minor third you have to angle the slide between the B and G strings, which takes practice.

    More recently I picked up an Ibanez GAX70 for peanuts at a pawn shop, which I now use exclusively for slide. I tune it to an open E chord and I am using .13 strings for both the B and E strings to get a thicker tone on the high notes.
     
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    thats the same guitar i learned to slide on.
    Awesome.
     
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  3. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    This. I have slides, but I don’t practice enough to be good with them, and only occasionally is it required for the music I’m playing out. So, not much reason to practice (except my own gratification).
     
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    I’ve always wanted to play slide, but never got around to it -until I injured the middle finger of my fretting hand about a month ago. Now it’s in a splint and I’m using the opportunity to learn some slide.

    I set up my G&L Fallout with heavy strings and high action. I’m using a steel slide because I would drop and break a glass one, ring finger, playing mostly in open E and open G. I find myself using a combination of pick and fingers. Open tunings are the key for me, much easier than standard for slide. I’ll never be Duane or Derek, but I’m slowly getting better.
     
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    Open E, G and D. Glass and metal slides - and I have an SG and two resonators for slide only. Of course when I first started 45 years ago I had no idea what open tunings were - which explains why I could never play those Duane Allman licks correctly :)

    Two years ago I dislocated my left index finger - could not fret for almost 6 months. Thank God for slide.
     
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    Agreed. Very overpriced but it is, without a doubt, my favorite slide.
     
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    Dillion Blue MOTS Pearl strat strung with 15s, fairly high action with custom brass nut and brass bridge.

    Big ol blown gob of glass. Guitar tuned to D cuz Ry Cooder.

    I also have a Glarry body that I'm building a custom slide neck for. It will be tuned to G. Cuz George Thorogood.

    Do I play slide? Nah. But I have some cool stuff. Ill get there one day.
     
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    Do I play slide? Yes. Am I good? Depends on what you consider good. I consider my self to be half-way decent. Have I ever played slide in a band? No. Would I like to? Yes. Should I practice more? Probably.

    Personally as far as tunings are concerned I like Standard, open D, and open G. From those three tunings I can get to almost any other important key with a capo and some basic music theory.
     
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    Dang, that is excellent! I've not seen anyone approach it from over-the-top like he does! Very cool!
     
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  10. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    From memory, he broke his wrist when he first started to play and that was all he could do for a while. His wrist healed but he kept with it.

    Here's the first song of his I heard. Mind was blown at the time, still is!
     
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    The answer to the title question is yes, I play slide on almost every guitar I own, many different tunings depending on lots of different things. Most common is open D, G and C, or some variant tuned down lower. My favorite slide guitars are the Weissie, resonators, old Stella and the stella clone 12 string, favorite slides are a couple of Tribotones and home made wine bottle necks.
     
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