Glass Slide vs Metal Slide

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  1. dylan.rocks.all.nite.long

    dylan.rocks.all.nite.long Senior Member

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    I tried my friends brass slide, and here are my thoughts:

    -I found it easier to use the brass becuase of it smaller size, being thinner and lighter, i was able to get a sustainable sound (I'm a terrible slide player:p)

    BUT

    -I MUCH prefer the sound of the glass slide

    Thanks for the input Guys
     
  2. ScottGrove

    ScottGrove Banned

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    You are dead on with using the middle finger. You can still make barre chords, pleay leads without the slide and then come back in with the slide when you need to......hybrid soloing. I like your style. lol
     
  3. PINKBITS

    PINKBITS Senior Member

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    Got a looooooooooooong way to go yet but am certainly enjoying a new challange and a new voice on the guitar too:thumb:.
     
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    ScottGrove Banned

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    This is a post with plenty of places to go. Everybody has covered that no matter what sounds best to you.......use it. When you finger is inside of any slide....it sweats. If you are sweating inside of a glass slide, it will fly off if you're doing the heavy vibrato thing and it will break. So have a plethrera of them around if glass is your thing. If you use the typical Dunlop chromed slide, the inside will rust (this is a good thing) it acts as a way to keep it on your finger. Feels like sandpaper inside there and it simply won't come off of your finger. Brass has been a main stay for different things. In the 70's everybody was on a brass nut, bridge kick......slides were in there too. You don't see people using the whole brass parts anymore. Why? It's a flavor of the month thing. The only thing I can offer that I haven't read yet is that I play every slide instrument out there. Pedal Steel guitar.....Very heavy chromed steel slide is always used. Lap steel guitar.....Very heavy chromed steel slide is always used. Dobro.....same thing. I prefer the steel, chromed slides for everything including my guitar work.

    Every alloy will have a different tonality and just go with what trips your trigger. Something to think about, your frets are metal and your notes sound a certain way when you're fretting your notes.....why is your nut made of bone or plastic? Shouldn't it be made of the same metal as your frets so that your open notes sound the same as your fretted notes? They used to have zero frets on some guitars (brilliant as far as I'm concerned). So, not everything is as it should be, which is also fine. Everything you do to your guitar changes it's tonality. Everything you play it with and what it's made of changes it. Very rarely do 2 people like the same things (especially guitarists). Try everything and sooner or later you'll find YOUR combination that makes you sound great. Right about that time, your tastes will change and you'll have to start all over again. lol
     
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    I just put out a new video Pinkbits on open E and open G tunings for slide. Feel free to download it here:
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/c9143eab2ab8efc0

    Here are all of my other different slide videos to download. Even though some are taught on dobro or lap steel, they are all 6 string instruments and each have their own pros and cons to them. Take what you will from each of them and keep what you like and discard what isn't your cup of tea. But they all have some keeper information to use. Enjoy.
    Slide Acoustic Guitar.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/ca8fe49b18be65f7

    Learn Slide Blues and Rock Guitar.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/c95b36218393d84c

    Blues Lap Steel and Dobro.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/d1f7526ef1be4821


    C6 LAP STEEL GUITAR AND DOBRO FOR THE BEGINNER.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/348556c2c9038099


    Country Dobro and Lap Steel For Beginners.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/23072a123f852dc8


    E7 LAP STEEL AND DOBRO LESSONS.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/a0ab8b0c7aeb10df


    PEDAL STEEL GUITAR LESSONS FOR THE GUITARIST.zip
    Download: http://groovymusiclessons-scottgrove.groupdropbox.com/file/824afa0bb4e73764
     
  6. firesgt911

    firesgt911 Senior Member

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    Glass with this:

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    Metal with this:

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    I'm a pinky player. Helps me play the neck with the other 3 fingers.
     
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    ScottGrove Banned

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    I could see wanting to mellow out the cigar box with some glass.
     
  8. DoctorSkullington

    DoctorSkullington Senior Member

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    I use glass on my index finger. It feels most comfortable, not that slide is a prominent part of any of my songs anyway.
     
  9. diceman

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    I like my big brass slide for guitars which I have set up with a high action. I'm using glass or a light steel slide for guitars with "regular" setups.
     
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    Quill Senior Member

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    Middle finger. I've quit trying to play slide so many times, but I never would have thought to try that - just did - very interesting, thanks for putting that out there, Pinkbits.

    That bone slide there has got an interesting sound that I'm sure has a lot of us thinking about trying slide, or trying again.

    Scott, that is a great post.
     
  12. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    I have tried all kinds of slides, made from brass, thin glass, sockets, porcelain and prefer thick glass,(hand made bottle neck) it gives me the best feel and Tone over all the other materials YMMV
    Indiana Foot Stompin' Blues Acoustic Slide mp3


    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQQPWwgvhHM[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O5LNAVlSrA]YouTube - Slide Noodling in open G[/ame]

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