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Slide guitar advice requested.

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by jazztele, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    hello all. I'm looking for advice on slides, specifically sizing...

    Here's what I'm doimg:


    This is a planet waves short/small. I could go shorter, the diameter is good for my pinky. I think i like glass best, I have tried metal in the past and gotten nowhere...definitely a lighter slide...ceramic maybe cool too? I'm brand new to this (like 3 days) so I'm definitely willing to experiment a bit to find what works best for me.

    Just soliciting some general advice on what's out there in a short, narrow pinky slide. What do you like? What should I try out? Any other general tips for playing slide in standard tuning? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I use standard tuning so I can just grab the slide and wail without switching guitars. There are however intervals and moods that specific open tunings can create, so there's that.
    For live performing, I use chrome Dunlop slides because other types are easily broken if you drop them, and I like the sound.
     
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    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    Calling @FenderGyrl !

    A friendly resource for all your slide conundrums!
     
  4. Collin D Plonker

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    Buy a bunch of different ones and see what you like best.
     
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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    Don't slide guitar! Pick up and carry, or you'll damage the finish!:confused::p:D
     
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    Sometimes gluing some felt or cork inside the slide can help it fit better and help your finger grip the slide better
     
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    It looks like you have a slide that fits and that’s the most important thing.

    It also seems like you have found a type of slide you prefer— my preferences are different but that’s cool — So you can concentrate on the playing part.

    From what I can see there is good right hand muting. Are you sure it’s only been 3 days;)?

    You can steal some licks from Ariel Posen. He plays in B standard. And there’s always Warren Hayes, he’s usually in standard.

    +1 on the felt for adjusting slides that are too big.
     
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    I'd keep that one you're playing. Maybe buy another one just like it, as a back-up.
     
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    Hey. Nice playing! And beautiful guitar.
     
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    I use the little Dunlop pinky glass slide # 212. Looks the same as what you are using I think though? They are pretty good. I kinda wish I had a brass one, but weight when using a pinky seems to = less accuracy for me. maybe a thin brass one would be less weight than the glass?
     
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    I also like the glass ones best. Dunlop makes a variety of sizes.

    Mick Taylor plays slide in standard tuning. There’s an instructional video I have that he made in the 80s.
     
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  12. jazztele

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    Thanks for all the help, folks.

    Re: 3 days...really 27 years, on and off for a few days at a time before I give up. These are the first 3 days I've ever felt progress:)

    Its a D'addairo...i have the narrow Dunlop too, almost identical. This one is a few mm shorter, so i went with it.

    I'd love to find a thin light metal slide that'd feel similar, because I'm destined to break a glass one.
     
  13. jazztele

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    Thanks, that's my exact intention... but im at a loss for what sizes actually mean, doesn't seem to be much commonality across brands...

    So if anybody knows of any other specially short, narrow slides for a pinky finger, add your favorites.
     
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    I occasionally use a thin wall, 1/4 inch drive deep socket for pinky slide.

    It may not produce the sound you’re looking for though.
     
  15. Collin D Plonker

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    Thats a huge help.
     
  17. Collin D Plonker

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    No problem. Been through this recently. I still trying to figure out what size and finger I like best. I'm actually leaning toward a long slide above my first knuckle on my pinky. I never saw anyone play like that, but it seems more natural to me and allows me to reach the top string while remaining flexible. To each his own, I guess.
     
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    Be sure to experiment with the slide on different fingers. I play much better with the slide on the first knuckle of my ring finger than I do with it on any other finger.

    BTW, I've heard it a million times but it never occurred to me that song is perfect for slide! Sounds great.

    As far as slide jazz guitar goes, it occurs to me that there might be value in a non-standard open tuning like E Maj 7 (E B E G# B E) or possibly E 6/9 (E G# C# F# B E). That way you get a more interesting arpeggio under the slide. I kind of want to try that E 6/9 now...
     
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  19. klasaine

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    I like the ceramic slides.
    I think Dunlop makes some as does a company called Moonshine Slides.
    They have some heft to them that I like.
    I'm not a "slide player" per se but the ceramics help me get a fatter slide tone.
     
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  20. jazztele

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    Has to be pinky for me, as ill be mixing slide and fretted notes.

    I had a ceramic slide years ago, actually 2...i had a weird green one that was only open on one end, which I liked but of course broke.

    I have a nice short Mudslide around somewhere, but the diameter is too big, it's clunky. Nice sound though, iirc.
     
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