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Slide Guitar Tips and Tricks

Fluid. Sweet. Singing. The graceful sound of a slide guitar will make your recording or live performance stand out from the rest.

Slide guitar has been used in many recordings in a wide array of musical genres. Listed below are some example songs and artists that you'll surely recognize. Below out selected discography are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your slide skills.

Slides, or bottlenecks, used for guitar playing are very inexpensive, as are lesson books and videos to learn the basic technique. Once you get the mechanics mastered, you'll be on your way to giving your guitar a whole new voice!

A selected slide guitar discography

Badfinger: No Matter What (solo)
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Lookin Out My Backdoor (main riff)
Derek & The Dominos: Layla (main riff, solo played by Duane Allman)
Foghat: Slow Ride (solos by Rod Price)
George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (intro)
Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love (chorus)
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird (intro riff, bird effects)
Tom Petty: I Won't Back Down (intro, solo)
George Thorogood: Bad To The Bone (solos)
George Thorogood: Move It On Over (solos)
Joe Walsh: Rocky Mountain Way (intro, solos)
ZZ Top: Tush (solos)

And just about anything by:
Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Govt. Mule), Elmore James, David Lindley, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter.

Tips for slide guitarists

Tip 1: Have a guitar with high action? Raise the strings off the fretboard even more and use it for slide!

Tip 2: Slides come in different sizes to fit your finger. A medium or large slide works best for most guitarists.

Tip 3: Different slide materials produce different tones. Common materials for guitar slides include brass, chrome-plated brass, glass, acrylic, porcelain, and aluminum.

Golden Gate Resonator Extension Nut Tip 4: Raising string height at the nut helps tremendously. You can obtain a nut extender that fits over your guitar's existing nut to provide sufficient clearance from the frets. Best of all, it doesn't require any modifications to your instrument, so it won't hurt guitar's resale value!

Tip 5: Try several different slides to find the type that works best for your particular guitar and finger size.

Tip 6: Some guitarists use the slide on their middle finger, while others use it on their ring finger. A few use it on their pinky!

Tip 7: It's easier to play slide with medium to heavy gauge strings (.010 or higher "E" string). Heavier strings are harder to depress, so you won't accidentally hit the frets by pressing down too hard with the slide. A bonus is that heavier strings on electric guitar are louder than light strings, since there is more metal over the pole pieces of the guitar pickup at any given time.

Tip 8: Many slide guitarists use open tunings, such as Open D (D-A-D-F#-A-D low to high). Barring across all strings at the 12th fret produces a D chord. Same with strumming all strings without using the bar (open position). Other famous non-standard tunings are DADGAD, open G, and open A.

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Hal Leonard The Slide Guitar Book
Hal Leonard The Slide Guitar Book

Hal Leonard Electric Slide Guitar (Book/CD)
Hal Leonard Electric Slide Guitar (Book/CD)

Cherry Lane Slide Guitar Classics Book
Cherry Lane Slide Guitar Classics Book

Hal Leonard The Roots of Slide Guitar (Book/CD)
Hal Leonard The Roots of Slide Guitar (Book/CD)

String Letter Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics (Book/CD)
String Letter Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics (Book/CD)

Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar
Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar

Dunlop Hoolahan Slide
Dunlop Hoolahan Slide

Dunlop 228 Brass Chromed Slide
Dunlop 228 Brass Chromed Slide

Dunlop 222 Medium Brass Slide
Dunlop 222 Medium Brass Slide

Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar
Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar

Cherry Lane Warren Haynes - Guide to Slide Guitar (Book & CD Package)
Cherry Lane Warren Haynes - Guide to Slide Guitar (Book & CD Package)

Hal Leonard ZZ Top Anthology Guitar Book
Hal Leonard ZZ Top Anthology Guitar Book

Hal Leonard Joe Walsh (DVD)
Hal Leonard Joe Walsh (DVD)

Homespun The Slide Guitar of Kelly Joe Phelps (DVD)
Homespun The Slide Guitar of Kelly Joe Phelps (DVD)

Homespun Acoustic Guitar Jorma Kaukonen 1 (DVD)
Homespun Acoustic Guitar Jorma Kaukonen 1 (DVD)

Hal Leonard Elmore James - Master of the Electric Slide Guitar
Hal Leonard Elmore James - Master of the Electric Slide Guitar

Homespun Slide Guitar for Rock and Blues (DVD)
Homespun Slide Guitar for Rock and Blues (DVD)

Homespun An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar (Video)
Homespun An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar (Video)

Dunlop Moonshine Slide
Dunlop Moonshine Slide

Dunlop Blues Bottle Heavy Wall Glass Slide
Dunlop Blues Bottle Heavy Wall Glass Slide

Dunlop 202 Pyrex Glass Slide
Dunlop 202 Pyrex Glass Slide

Dunlop 212 Pyrex Glass Slide Short
Dunlop 212 Pyrex Glass Slide Short

Dunlop Regular Wall Pyrex Glass Slide
Dunlop Regular Wall Pyrex Glass Slide

Dunlop Pyrex Glass Flare Slide
Dunlop Pyrex Glass Flare Slide

Dunlop Shy Slide
Dunlop Shy Slide

Dunlop Keb Mo Signature Slide
Dunlop Keb Mo Signature Slide

Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar Natural
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