Slide Guitar 101

For great guitarists, sometimes the fingers God gave them aren't enough to help them realize their vision. That's when an ambitious axemeister often slips a digit into a cylinder and leaps into the lyrical realm of slide guitar. For some players it's a way to elongate their lead lines beyond anything they could otherwise accomplish, and for others the slide is a vehicle for down-and-dirty, slash-and-burn riffing. But when a slide is in the hands of an expert, it can create something completely unique. Historically, the slide guitar has been best known as a part of the blues arsenal, going all the way back to the likes of Robert Johnson and of course the uncontested slide king, Elmore James, and ...Expand ยป

For great guitarists, sometimes the fingers God gave them aren't enough to help them realize their vision. That's when an ambitious axemeister often slips a digit into a cylinder and leaps into the lyrical realm of slide guitar. For some players it's a way to elongate their lead lines beyond anything they could otherwise accomplish, and for others the slide is a vehicle for down-and-dirty, slash-and-burn riffing. But when a slide is in the hands of an expert, it can create something completely unique. Historically, the slide guitar has been best known as a part of the blues arsenal, going all the way back to the likes of Robert Johnson and of course the uncontested slide king, Elmore James, and running through to modern-day blues barons like Chris Bergson. But superb slide technique has never been bound to the blues, and you're about to encounter a powerful pile of slide-guitar nuggets from all across the musical map, whether the source is British rock royalty (George Harrison) or American garage-rock rebels (The White Stripes).

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