Sliding me crazy!

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  1. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Senior Member

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    Is learning slide guitar supposed to be so hard?
    Darn, I can't seem to get anything out that sounds good.
    I'm learning on a guitar that has the tallest action and all I get is fret clacking.
    I understand that a higher action is preferable but I also understand that Derek Trucks has a low action and he does rather well.
    Once in a while something will sound pretty nice but I don't know what I did to get it.
    Any good pointers to learning?
    Maybe you just have to be born to slide.
     
  2. DotStudio

    DotStudio Silver Supporter

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    I've just started myself. I've found that it takes a light touch (try not to press into the strings at all) and be very mindful of keeping the slide parallel to the board. That should take care of the click clack.

    My primary mental hurdle is remembering that you need to aim for the frets themselves and not the spaces in between. If you don't everything comes out wonky. It's like mental gymnastics.

    Also, try open G tuning if you haven't already. Everything sounds good in open G.
     
  3. Danomyte

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    Open G! :)

    Blues is open, 5th fret, 7th fret. Mix in third fret and 12th fret for dramatic emphasis.

    That's about the extent of my slide knowledge, but it should definitely get you started and keep you busy for a while.
     
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    This guy's awesome:

    He'll get you sliding in no time. Also, he's hilarious.
     
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    JonR Senior Member

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    Yeah, you have to be really careful, with a real light touch. Like this guy..

    :D
     
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    Ronaldo Senior Member

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    Ha ha guy is a crack up.
    If he teaches sliding I'd like to see More of his videos. Didn't see a link or his YouTube name. Can you share it please.
     
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    Ronaldo Senior Member

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    Never mind I found him.
     
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    Sliding me crazy update.
    Thanks everybody for the great tips and suggestions.
    DotStudio had it right about being aware of the light touch.
    I watched a couple of YT videos and believe it or not the Firebrand Scott Groves helped me quite a bit with his instructions.
    Now with a heavier brass slide positioned just above the knuckle doing most of the work (no pressing needed) I can can get clear luscious notes even with with low action!
    Dampening the strings with other fingers behind the slide really made the difference.
    This is opening up a whole new world of playing the guitar.
    And lots of fun too.
     
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    Gyroman Senior Member

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    This is a good watch:
     
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    That was a good lesson.
    Thanks much.
     
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    Just found these. They belong here.





    Some discussions about playing in standard tuning.
     

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