TECH­NIQUE FO­CUS

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY:BLUES-ROCK -

Like many slide play­ers, Duane pri­mar­ily used the thumb and first fin­ger of the pick­ing hand. This not only pro­vides more flex­i­bil­ity with ex­pres­sion and dy­nam­ics, but also al­lows for bet­ter mut­ing and clar­ity be­tween strings. As a gen­eral rule, the flesh of the first fin­ger works best, rather than treat­ing the thumb and first like a vir­tual pick. The fret­ting hand is also im­por­tant. What many gui­tarists for­get is to mute the strings be­hind the slide. If you use the slide on the third fin­ger (many favour this or the fourth fin­ger), then place the first and sec­ond fin­gers lightly on the strings at all times. This will avoid any noises creep­ing through from the strings be­low the slide.

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