TEch­niquE fo­cus

Slide or bot­tle­neck

Guitar Techniques - - ELECTRIC BLUES -

Two of our fea­tured gui­tarists (Muddy and El­more) use slide as the ba­sis of their tech­nique. On old acous­tics, noise wasn’t par­tic­u­larly a prob­lem and in fact ex­tra­ne­ous notes and noises prob­a­bly added to the over­all ef­fect. With elec­tric gui­tars you need to think about damp­ing un­wanted notes, and us­ing the slide on your sec­ond or third fin­ger al­lows you to damp be­hind it with the first or first and sec­ond fin­gers. Keep­ing your pick­ing hand palm close to the bridge will also al­low ex­tra damp­ing, par­tic­u­larly of the lower strings. Ad­ding vi­brato is vi­tal if you are to cre­ate a strong and au­then­tic sound. Many play­ers an­chor their fret­ting hand’s thumb on the back of the neck and use it as a pivot to gen­er­ate vi­brato. Don’t be coy with it ei­ther - ag­gres­sion is the or­der of the day!

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