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    Does anybody know of some good resources for learning slide guitar? Slide blues? Do I have to go down to the crossroads?

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    I would just listen to a lot of what you want to learn. Or are you talking about setup and tunings etc?

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    Default Re: Resources for learning slide guitar

    More like fine points of mechanics. How you mute. How much pressure to use. I don't have any examples saved up, unless you count a lifetime of hearing slide guitar just about constantly.

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    Default Re: Resources for learning slide guitar

    Do you learn better by seeing or reading? I'll bet that someone does an instructional on YouTube. And there must be something written online. Sorry to sound vague but I've never had much desire to learn slide, though I do like some of what I've heard.

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    I learn best by having people show me, unless what I'm reading is concise and well-written. If it's rambling and incoherent, I don't learn well from that.

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    I can relate. I tend to have to see it done, speak out loud how it's done, then actually do it.
    Of course having a little intro as to why it works, first, as well as having it build upon something that I have already learned, helps.

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    For me, the different tunings were a huge roadblock and made me give up a couple times before starting to figure out slide guitar. Learning to play slide in standard tuning really helps things out, because you don't have to completely re-learn the whole fretboard and you don't have to dedicate one guitar to have in funny tunings all the time.

    https://www.guitarworld.com/lessons/...tandard-tuning
    https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/...andard-tuning/
    http://www.bobbrozman.com/tip_slide.html
    https://www.premierguitar.com/articl...ky-slide-licks

    I also picked up Warren Haynes slide guitar book, which is all in standard tuning.


    It was easier for me to learn on an acoustic that electric just because action is higher and strings are heavier . . . so there's more room for error when fretting the slide and you're not going to be clanking the frets as often.
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    I have this guitar set up as a slide specialist with an extension nut, 11-48 strings, and open G tuning.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...BoCf40QAvD_BwE

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    I watched a YouTube video yesterday. The instructor showed a muting technique using the first and middle fingers of the left hand to mute all the strings behind the slide. For me, this works fine on the plain strings, but it kills the top two or three (wound) strings completely. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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    I bought several DVDs/CDs/books. Roy Rogers, Warren Haynes' "Electric Blues and Slide" and a session guy from New York whose name escapes me but the lessons are very good. Haynes CD came in the back of a book. Several of the DVDs have charts and online PDFs you can print out to play along.

    Warren Haynes was really good. Government Mule demo'd all the lessons..

    Roy Rogers went into great practical details, like showing how he dealt with working an ES-125 up past the end of the frets with no cutaway..
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    There was a great short video with joe Walsh - lemme find it

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    https://youtu.be/Sih3juDzHwM

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    I watched a YouTube video yesterday. The instructor showed a muting technique using the first and middle fingers of the left hand to mute all the strings behind the slide. For me, this works fine on the plain strings, but it kills the top two or three (wound) strings completely. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
    Maybe I don't know exactly what style you are doing, full chords in open tuning or what, but here is my take.

    Radius on fretboard make it hard for flat slide to work depending on that.
    Acoustics are usually 15" or so and usually ok, but electrics 9-10" is another matter.

    These make concave slides i various radius to accomodate this
    http://daddyslide.de/index.php/en/

    I would start with regular tuning and see what you can do, without a full slide guitar setup with higher action and all.
    But with some practise it will work if not using shredder type of action to get a clean tone without harvesting fretwires as you play.

    2nd to 4th string is part of major chord so if wanting chord that is a place to start.
    And look at any chord where you kind of bar 2 strings and use for slide work.

    But single notes on any string is nice to find pressure for clean tone and not hit fret wire, and I usually mute with right hand after hitting note and muting either side of that string with pick/thumb and middle finger.

    Playing on 2nd string, I hit note and then rest thumb on 3rd string, and middle finger on 1st. Rest with left hand, usually not touched by slide.

    On guitar set up for normal playing also, this is delicate the amount of pressure you can do - which also means harder over several strings due to fretboard radius.

    This way you don't get ghost notes along string you are playing, nice and silent.

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    i play a lot of slide and all in standard tuning so at most im playing three strings at once. if you want to play full chords, then you need a flatter radius and/or a concave slide. but you dont really need a flatter radius neck, you just need to flatten the radius of your strings. you arent using the fretboard anyway. ive never liked the conical slides ive tried but you may feel differently.

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    I’m using an Epiphone with a 12” radius, with an extension nut that has a flat radius.

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    Sonny Landreth is the best. He has tons of videos. And did I say he's the best? Well he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    I watched a YouTube video yesterday. The instructor showed a muting technique using the first and middle fingers of the left hand to mute all the strings behind the slide. For me, this works fine on the plain strings, but it kills the top two or three (wound) strings completely. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
    Either pressing too hard with the bare fingers, or the slide isn’t pressed hard enough, IME. I keep a light touch with the left hand overall though. No right or wrong, just settled into something that worked.

    I actually mute with my right hand thumb and 2nd-4th fingers more, pick with the index finger, kind of Derek Trucks style. I feel like I have more control of what notes are ringing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    Sonny Landreth is the best. He has tons of videos. And did I say he's the best? Well he is.
    sonny is amazing for sure and was the first that turned the fretting behind the slide into such a big part of his sound. got to open for him last year and hang for a while. derek trucks is terrific as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    sonny is amazing for sure and was the first that turned the fretting behind the slide into such a big part of his sound. got to open for him last year and hang for a while. derek trucks is terrific as well.
    Yep. I love them both. Ry Cooder too. But I learned more from Sonny's videos than from anyone else's.
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    This is from a show at eTown in Boulder, Colorado where I live. Some amazing playing from Derek Trucks. I was there. It was just ridiculously exciting and soulful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gkd...t_radio=1&t=14
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    ive seen derek live as much as anyone else i can recall. i saw him in the late 90's at a club i played at regularly and jimmy herring sat in the whole night. blew my mind. this is a cool example of some things i love about his playing. as a clapton fan as well, its a cool version of a great song. the main solo starts around 6:00. there are some brilliant lines and phrases throughout



    Quote Originally Posted by beaubrummels View Post
    Either pressing too hard with the bare fingers, or the slide isn’t pressed hard enough, IME. I keep a light touch with the left hand overall though. No right or wrong, just settled into something that worked.

    I actually mute with my right hand thumb and 2nd-4th fingers more, pick with the index finger, kind of Derek Trucks style. I feel like I have more control of what notes are ringing.
    muting it key to getting your slide chops together. i mute with both left and right hands but its a conscious thing. sometimes i want the string behind the slide to ring a little so i wont use any left hand muting, sometimes i want a very focused note so i will mute behind the slide with my index and middle fingers (slide on my ring finger) same kinda thing goes for the right hand, some times ill use the fingers im not hitting a string with to mute the others but sometimes i wont to let a little more chaos into the sound

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