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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Why We Suck At Slide and 5 Ways To Fix It



I have fun making country music.
Nov 9th, 2015 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

It took me forever to learn slide because I couldn't find a good resource for learning, so I made one. Let me know what you guys think!

Jim Lill's YouTube channel

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Chain Smokin'

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Nov 9th, 2015 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a great tutorial. You've distilled it down to the fundamentals quite nicely.

I'm still working on the 'fret behind the slide' antics of Sonny Landreth. It's a whole 'nuther level and even more reason for me to drink :o)

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Nov 9th, 2015 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah... welcome to the FDP.

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Dec 1st, 2015 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now there's a video I can sink my teeth into. It wasn't slow moving, boring me to sleep. Didn't drive me to tears listening to a constant drone of technical jargon. It didn't assume I was a total novice and try to teach me what standard tuning is. Fast, to the point, direct. I just might remember some of this stuff in the morning!

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Vero Beach FL

Dec 2nd, 2015 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool vid. Definitely right to work in standard tuning. I am lazy and don't like retuning, and especially don't like needing to switch guitars. Yeah, you probably can't do Duane Allman too well in standard tuning, but Clapton, for one, gets good mileage that way with the slide.


LA-la-land, CA

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Dec 2nd, 2015 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another good vid! Great job.

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Edmond, OK

Dec 3rd, 2015 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Enjoy your videos! Keep 'em up.

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Dec 22nd, 2015 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

You are good. Welcome aboard.


The Free World

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Jan 3rd, 2016 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

My history w/slide guitar is a bit complex as I began to self teach in open G and E. Then went on to learn more in standard.

I also tend to be one to always have an additional guitar at the jam, gig, or session and for good reasons. Just my own weirdness about approaching the guitar....

I always have roughly three guitars in service at most times. One stays in standard, the others are kept in open E and open D.......

Mark From Hawaii
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only cowboys stay in tune after all
Jan 4th, 2016 01:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice! Love the Brad Paisley licks tips too.



Feb 3rd, 2016 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I actually subscribed to his videos and find him and his videos pretty entertaining and really has some neat tricks and tips even for a long time player.



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Apr 28th, 2016 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome! I don't care what it takes, I'm gonna learn that stuff. Subscribed to all and everything.

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Apr 28th, 2016 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  


I started a thread about this guy and didn't realize he was one of us.

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May 17th, 2016 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

i have some issues with this in that in that there really aint no right or wrong way. some players are more comfortable with fingers others with a pick. other using both. like myself.

some like metal slides others prefer glass.
im a glass guy. to me its easier to control due to its lower weight and less noisy and it rings thru better.

The most important technic is your ears. they will tell you when your spot on fret wise.

as far as standard tuning if you just stay on the middle strings your're essentially in open G so why not just drop the high E down to D and really rock it out.

also all the gain hides the mistakes. a newb needs to be able to play it clean without the gain.

i have a hard time listening to most slide players as they tend to way over play. after a while it sounds like a buzz saw.

slide needs to be subtle. short bursts goes way further than trying the shred with it.

I think Duane was prob the best at it on electric anyways

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