Slide guitar

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  1. VWAmTele

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    I use a '61 SG Reissue set up specifically for slide with slightly higher action but .010 strings. I have gone through a lot of slides but finally landed on the Rock Slide (glass and metal). Flat radius is much better for slide and of course an SG has the easiest fret access. Keep in mind if you have a guitar for 'slide only' the fretboard really doesn't come into play. You can buy an inexpensive Epi SG and put decent pickups in and it will be as good as the Gibson.
     
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    For you guys that use ring-sized slides, do you get it sized for doing single-string slides, or two-strings?
     
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    This seems pretty cool, think I’ll try it out... thanks.
    Let us know how you like it.
     
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    The Clayton socket-slide on my little finger is my favourite up to now for several reasons; secure and comfortabe fit, its moderate weight and thickness give a good defined & sustained tone, that thin slides don't offer, but it still leaves me feeling a closer reactive contact with the strings; large and thick glass or ceramic slides seem to alienate my conection with the guitar by comparison.....or at least thats how I feel it.

    upload_2019-8-20_23-33-15.png When the local music store went bankrupt, the complete stock was auctioned off. One of the lots I purchased was a draw full of slides, and so I have a selection of about 30 or so to choose from, long/short, thick/thin, light/heavy, metal(s)/ceramic(s)/glass, small/medium/large diameter...............I guess I should give (more of) them away, or sell them off, as I tend to use just a few of them.

    Guitars; dedicated open tuned mostly G, but D as well. Gauge 12 or 13, higher action, but still comfortable enough to fret. Flatish curved fingerboard.
     
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    my avatar is my slide geetar... and I've got a slip nut for my acoustics. The avatar guitar has a flat (no radius) fretboard and I abso love it. Action is low... but I don't hit the frets because i don't tilt my slide. Might not be the right feel for everyone but for me it is awesome sauce.
     
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    A little bit of tape inside
    I like slides that can reach all the way across the neck, but can work with shorter, if I make them fit tighter.
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    Flat (no radius) fretboards seem ideal and it's what i prefer, but there are a lot of slide players on strats...different strokes i guess.
     
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    right, well I started (playing slide) on a dano so I guess it's what I know. I can't for the life of me manage to play slide w a radius. the muting alone kills me... but many seem to manage it so... what do I know.
     
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    Most of my serious slide playing is on a lap steel or a squareneck resonator , Using either a bullet nose steel or a Stevens type steel. No fretting involved on those.
    Every now and then I’ll play a bit of slide on my regular guitars in standard tuning, with my normal action and a light glass slide. Hanging mostly on the D,G,&B strings.
     
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    Although I will noodle with open tunings ( on a Martin dread) at home, at gigs,
    I play in Standard tuning...

    ( just milking a 1-4-5 pattern in usual E or A shape barre chord positions all over neck, plus combining open strings, depending on the key)

    Once you get familiar with the ' geography' of the fretboard ( from playing rhythm and lead guitar all over- and THIS took me years...) playing in Standard is not such a big deal.

    I play the same stuff whether on acoustic or electric- use slide on pinky so my other fingers are freed up.

    Finding the right comfy slide made all the difference in playability and tone:

    It's a glass Dunlop 212, which is kind of stubby, 2" of thick glass- nice sustain and weight on the strings/neck, w/o being heavy and clunky, too long. A great ' pinky slide'!
     
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    I only ever bring one guitar to shows anymore. Setup for standard but I play slide maybe 15% of the time.

    1. Glass slide
    2. Pinky (frees the other three up)
    3. Factory spec action (higher than most like these days) does the trick with a lite touch
    4. Use the “A” shape triad on the DGB stings - you can play all three at once on the same fret and the “F” shape triad on the GBE strings. Play the BE together and then slide up two frets on the G. Sounds cool. And you always know where you are.
    5. Less is more with slide in particular. Fragments. Spare. Sustain and vibrato. Not busy notes.

    Have fun
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^ THIS!!!!! :cool:

    From "MilwMark above:

    4. Use the “A” shape triad on the DGB stings - you can play all three at once on the same fret and the “F” shape triad on the FBE strings. Play the BE together and then slide up two frets on the G. Sounds cool. And you always know where you are.
    5. Less is more with slide in particular. Fragments. Spare. Sustain and vibrato. Not busy notes.

    Great Advice!!!

    For me, learning this was REALLY HUGE in my Slide Guitar journey. Also, not allowing the slide to move on strings that it doesn't need to be on minimizes "noise". In other words, say that you're playing on the D,G, & B strings, per above. The slide does not need to be covering (and sliding on) the upper E (lower tone) & A strings, and if possible, not even the lower (higher pitch) E string. Unless you have notes to play on those strings. But that's where focusing on string muting techniques really helps.

    I personally have the best luck ditching my regular blue Jim Dunlop jazz tortise pick, so I can also mute with my rt. hand. I'm curious how many folks use a regular regular pick when playing slide?
     
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    I have a couple slides that are big, i've cut the fingers off jersey gloves and use them for padding inside...slip one on my finger and voila!
     
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    I always ditch the pick for slide, for me right hand muting is a critical as the left.
    With the exception of bluegrass dobro, where fingerpicks are kinda necessary.
     
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    Lots of great info and advice in here!
     
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    :lol::lol:
    Absolutely, a 390 dollar slide will make me a great slide player... :eek:

    Wonder if there are any titanium slides?
    ... Who am I kidding, of course there are. Furious Slides, endorsed by quite a line up of players, including one of my favorites, Joe Walsh... 75 bucks, so a steal compared to Wolfram! Ha. I’ll stick with my mundane metal and glass...
    http://furiousslides.com/index.html

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    Of course there are!

    http://furiousslides.com/index.html
     
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