Who Here play's Guitar? Slide guitar especially Music

  • View author's info Posted on Jan 14, 2006 at 12:07 PM

    I was wondering who in here plays slide guitar / bottleneck blues. I've always loved listening to the blues and attempting to play some, but I can't get the hang of the slide... at the moment i only have a brass slide i didn't quite like the glass one.

    I have two acoustic guitars one in regular tuning and one in drop D for slide. Any help would be appreciated greatly .. or sites etc.

    Also who here plays any sort of instrument?
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  • View author's info Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 08:49 AM

    Playing guitar & writing songs - love 2 sing with a good woman - get a little harmony going - very nice!

  • View author's info Posted on Jul 09, 2015 at 01:33 AM

    Just a Bass Player !!!

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  • View author's info Posted on Jul 09, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Just an old Bass player here 

  • View author's info Posted on Oct 09, 2006 at 11:17 PM

    I'm currently learning. I know a couple of Ani DiFranco songs but not enough to really say I "know how" :) Gotta love the effort though right?
  • View author's info Posted on Sep 13, 2006 at 05:33 AM

    Mine isn't talent, i started with nothing and made a skill :)
  • View author's info Posted on Aug 28, 2006 at 12:16 AM

    ooooh boy- here we go...

    clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, saxaphone, piano, bassoon, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, penny whistle, spoons and a little bit of guitar. no slide though- sorry.

    i do, however, have a dear friend who is an EXCELLENT slide guitar player. lately it's been all on dobro. he's given lessons and i'm sure would be more than willing to give you some tips. if youre interested, feel free to send me a message with your contact information and i'll get you in touch with him.
  • View author's info Posted on Jun 15, 2006 at 12:19 PM

    Guitar, keyboards/piano, bass, a little harmonica and drums. Usually stick to bass in bands these days...
  • View author's info Posted on Jun 11, 2006 at 01:54 AM

    Slide tips....

    Make sure your action is as flat as possible. The higher the better.

    Try playing with the guitar on your lap and your hand over the top of the neck. It's by far the easiest way to play slide and when you get the hang try playing conventionally.

    Try different sizes of slides. Glass slide are the way to go so if you're having issues try a larger or smaller one depending on what you use.

    Also try different tunings. Open G always worked best for me but I could never really get the hang of D. Open A or E might also be worth a try.

    Most of all try playing your own style. It's fine to try and play like someone but you'll find if you make up you own things to play and nail them you will develope better and quicker.

    And have fun. I have been playing slide for nearly ten years and still at it but I enjoy every minute.
  • View author's info Posted on May 04, 2006 at 10:12 AM

    I've been playing for a long time, not into slide much anymore but lately we play "Death Letter" ala Jackie White, it's a blast to play and easy to learn... check out the White Stripes "Under Blackpool Lights" for a cool version of it. Don't think that version will sound too good on an acoustic but Rory Block does a good acoustic version which is more Delta.

    As to any help, can't really offer much there, everyone I know (myself included) plays slide different (from mildly to wildly different), other than the basics it's one of those things you just have to develop yourself, so like any aspect of playing you just gotta practice & practice & practice... and then practice some more... and when it finally "clicks" it's awesome.

    Theres a site, riffinteractive, which has a cool lesson format, maybe check there and see if they have any slide lessons, they usually provide ok backing tracks.

    Well good luck... and enjoy.
  • View author's info Posted on Apr 18, 2006 at 05:25 AM

    I play guitar, considering slide as next project, project list is a mile long...hahahaha.. 40 something years learning guitar, now I'm learning recording on the computer..it just ain't right..hahahaha. I have a hand the size of a ham, hard to be subtle enough for slide. I wear out fret boards because I press too hard...I'm a tad too intense..hahahahaha. but easily recognizable..

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  • View author's info Posted on Mar 20, 2006 at 02:45 AM

    I play a bit of guitar (apallingly badly). I like the White Stripes and have been trying a bit of bottleneck just recently but it's a difficult technique to master, needs far less pressure on the strings that you would think I am finding.

    I do a bit of home recording now and again, mainly covers of sonngs i like though I hope to record some things written with a friend at some point.

    Beware though, they are a bit rough and ready and really 'am; useless at playing guitar and singing!:-)
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 28, 2006 at 03:36 PM

    I slide brother. There's no other like me
    he he he

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  • View author's info Posted on Jan 24, 2006 at 08:17 AM

    I do play some guitar, like Alkaline Trio and blink-182
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 20, 2006 at 10:30 PM

    I have TRIED playing guitar , but just cant get the grasp of it :(

    I take singing lessons tho and am teaching myself Keyboard too, I love musicians of any kind, I think its a great talent to have.