Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by troyhead, Dec 4, 2019.
Yes it was. He makes his own.
Preventing accidental notes from ringing out is one of the keys to hearing the intended notes clearly. The technique I use was learned from a guitar magazine column 25+ years ago & involves 3 fingers (one for each plain string) + your thumb for the wound strings. Whichever strings you’re not playing need to be dampened by resting their “assigned” fingers on the string. Muting behind the slide with your index finger is also helpful.
Re: slides, I tend to prefer brass on an acoustic guitar & glass on electric (sorry, I don’t remember the brands, bought them a long time ago). Slide weight also seems to affect tone, use the heaviest slide you can control (i.e. play in tune & have a pleasing vibrato).
Cool. I’m not handy enough for that, hence the EBay one
This is where me and slide guitar parted company back in the 70s.
Had a Johnny Winter book on slide back then but even Jesus and Johnny couldn't save me although I know they did their best.
I like brass, glass, and chrome. I use brass in the studio. Playing live, i use Chrome. I've only ever found one slide that fits me comfortably, and its chrome. Its my #1. I got tried of breaking glass so I stopped buying them.
My first slide song of the night is always with a half-full beer bottle. After that I break out the chrome.
Will Ray of the Hellecasters wears a slide ring too.
I may have had had that book too. Did it have one of those plastic 45 records that was a pullout?
Yes it did and I’d kinda remembered that after I’d posted earlier.
Mainly what I got from that book was box structure.
The cover was a blue and white two tone picture of Johnny who is my all time favourite guitar player and singer ever .. lol
Here are a couple of links. Both VERY good
Acoustic and Electric Custom-made Glass and Bottleneck Guitar Slides - Diamond Bottlenecks : Home Page
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The Andy Alerdot thing is over at Truefire, and is called Slide Guitar Power:
He also has a slide lick course:
There are about a dozen other slide courses there, but I haven't checked whether they are for beginners or more advanced players.
There is also a slide course over on udemy that looks decent enough for a beginner, called 'Slide Guitar Essentials'. There are a couple more there, but I haven't checked into them.
Most of the courses I've mentioned here seem to be on sale right now for those who are thinking of buying.
This is a great thread. I really need a course lol. I tried fooling around with the slide last night and it sounded pretty horrible. Luckily the wife wasn't home or she would have kicked me out.
I still have that book, mostly because inveterate book buying is genetic, it's good, and I'm a wannabe hoarder.
I did the same with the socket (as I don't have a slide yet) and it was super fun, but probably horrible for everyone to listen to. And now my hand hurts from holding a socket on my pinky for hours. I followed some of the tips in the Ariel & Joey videos that @player99 posted:
Play the note with the end of the slide like you would with the tip of your finger (not just as a giant barre across all the strings all the time)
Practice dampening and pitch by playing through some scales and familiar melodies while letting an open note drone. I'm sure I annoyed anyone listening with my renditions of Christmas tunes.
Oddly, trying to play with a slide is tapping into some of my classical guitar roots as playing with my fingers is very natural and makes string dampening almost second nature. It was pretty fun to coax out some additional expression with my fingers and the vibrato of the slide (although, I'm sure to anyone listening it was more akin to an old lady at church with her wild vibrato on every note).
Thanks all for the suggestions! There are tons of resources to follow-up on here, and I've got a few ideas for slides to try.
If you check the EBay ad, WillRayMerch is the seller.
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