Finding a Slide | Page 2 | The Canadian Guitar Forum

Finding a Slide

Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by troyhead, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. player99

    player99 Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Location:
    Ontario
    Another thing. I usually put something inside the slide to keep it firmly on my finger. The new Rock Slide all I needed what a piece of Velcro (soft carpet like side) stuck the the inside of the slide. This can be tripled up to get it thicker. I have also used round felt floor protectors that are made to stick to the bottom of a chair leg. They are quite thick and also have adhesive.

    I like it to be tight enough to stay on my finger if I have the slide pointing down.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
    Dorian2 and troyhead like this.
  2. pstratman

    pstratman Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Location:
    Fonthill, Ontario
    I picked up a Rich Robinson signature-brass - its heavy and sounds great...
     
    jdto and troyhead like this.
  3. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2016
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    I ended up buying the John Robson one for $13.00 Canadian. I'll let you know what I think of it once I've been through a few lessons. I've previewed some of his other courses and he's a pretty good teacher and a damn fine guitarist from what I could tell.
     
    colchar and troyhead like this.
  4. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2016
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    I can't picture this. Why would the slide be pointing down unless you've got it on your thumb lol.
     
  5. greco

    greco Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Location:
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Cool and unique thread! (AFAIK)
     
    colchar likes this.
  6. laristotle

    laristotle Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2019
    Location:
    acton
    Once jammed with a guy that made a custom ring wide enough to cover two strings.

    I'd like to try a jetslide.

    upload_2019-12-4_14-26-5.png

     
    Rozz and troyhead like this.
  7. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Location:
    Brantford, Ontario
    I see lots of posts saying "I'm not a great slide player" or similar.

    I have many slides of various materials.

    Not only am I not a great slide payer, but honestly, I suck hard at it.

    I do better on lap steels.
     
    troyhead likes this.
  8. player99

    player99 Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Location:
    Ontario
    I don't want it to move around and off my finger. I use my pinky finger so I can do chords and stuff with the first 3 fingers. The slide flicks around sometimes. Or I grab a guitar pick and it falls off my finger and onto the floor. Glass slides break. A nick or ding in a brass slide would ruin it for me.

    The main reason is control. It takes skill to have the slide stop at the best spot for tuning for every note or chord played with the slide. It's next to impossible if the slide is flopping around and falling off.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
    troyhead likes this.
  9. Doug Gifford

    Doug Gifford

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Location:
    Gananoque
    troyhead likes this.
  10. player99

    player99 Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Location:
    Ontario
    I can't watch the vid right now. I think without any diameter the Jetside isn't appealing to me. It should be scratchy and noisy sounding. But I will have to confirm with the video.
     
  11. Judas68fr

    Judas68fr

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    Location:
    Kingston (Ontario), Canada
    My main slide is a Justin Johson signature ceramic slide from Rocky Mountain Slides. It's smooth on one side and rough on the other, so I get these 2 different slide tones available right there (pretty cool when you're playing slide during one song and need to stand out for a solo part for instance).

    Also have the good old Dunlop glass slides (regular and short version), as well as brass and aluminum ones, but the ceramic slide is definitely the one that made me a better slide player!

    It's hard to explain, but the right slide just feels... right. Once you've found it, the slide technique will beginning to make a lot more sense. You'll then be able to adapt a lot better to any slide.

    In terms of playing, I like to hold mine on my ring finger, so I can still use the index, middle and pinky fingers to play individual notes if I want to, but can also use the pinky to get a bit more control on the slide if I want too. When sliding, I very gently rest my index finger on the strings, it helps controlling it. Next thing you want to get is a vibrato. A little like violin, slide guitar doesn't quite sound right without a good amount of left hand vibrato.

    Some people play with the thumb up (as in not anchored at the back of the neck), for me I find that I need to 'make contact' with the neck with my thumb to get the best control on the slide. After that it's all about having a light touch.

    Alternate tunings are very fun to explore with a slide. I like the 'E major' open tuning a lot.
     
    colchar and 1SweetRide like this.
  12. laristotle

    laristotle Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2019
    Location:
    acton
  13. jdto

    jdto Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2015
    Location:
    Toronto
    Wasn't that at Riff Wrath a few years back? I tracked down one of those slide rings down on EBay a few years ago and bought a couple (one for me, one for dad), but I couldn't get the hang of it.

    Cool little MINI SLIDE RING - Stealth Slide * | eBay
     
  14. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2016
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    I see what you mean. For the slide I bought, I just tried on different ones. It's a size 8. Doesn't flop at all. Takes a deliberate tug for it to come off. Suppose I might not be able to get it on or off in the summer :(. It's tempered glass, so about 5 times stronger than my favourite whisky glass. I think many players end up with a bunch of different ones. Kinda like picks I guess.
     
    colchar likes this.
  15. player99

    player99 Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Location:
    Ontario
    I like mine to be before the middle knuckle on my finger so my finger can bend 90 degrees. This makes the fit a little more challenging.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
    1SweetRide likes this.

Share This Page