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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Slide Technique


Missouri Ozarks

Sep 27th, 2018 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I want to try my hand (or fingers LOL) at using a slide. I would like to first try this using my pinky finger in order to enable me to use the other 3 fingers on the fret board.
When using a slide on the pinky finger, should a person fit it above or below the knuckle/entire finger?
Any additional tips are appreciated, to include using the other fingers.

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Sep 27th, 2018 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Like anything else, there are a hundred ways to do this stuff. Some players, e.g., Joe Walsh, wear a full slide on the ring finger. Others, like Sonny Landreth, wear it on the pinky.

It you're a fingerpicker, a shorter slide might work better for you. If you use a flatpick, a full-length slide might be better.

There are a bunch of different slides, and they all have their own sound (glass, ceramic, steel, brass, etc.). There are also ring slides that are short and cover two or three strings.

And then there are things like the JetSlide that you wear like a ring, but it has a full bar on it you can rotate in and out depending on whether you want to use all your fingers or use the slide.

Best advice when starting out is to get several different slides and try them to see what you like.

And then there's the 'roll-yer-own' option. Cut one from the top of a whiskey bottle and flame polish the cut ends.

Even easier is to do it like George Thorogood does. His tech buys 3/4" copper plumbing pipe, cuts it into 2.5" lengths, smooths the ends with 220 sandpaper, and then scuffs the outside with 60-grit sandpaper so the slide sounds really raspy on the strings. At the end of every show he tosses the slide into the audience.


Missouri Ozarks

Sep 27th, 2018 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peego, thank you so much for the wonderful insight. You gave me a lot of options I was unaware of.

Now to find out if Joe is still touring! LOL! Thanks again!

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