Learning Slide Guitar

Learning Slide Guitar

Free, on-line slide guitar primer for beginners

A Brief History

Over ninety years ago , W.C. Handy wrote in his autobiography, Father Of The Blues, of being awakened in the Tutwiler, Mississippi, train station by the sound of a guitarist: "As he played, he pressed a knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularised by the Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars. The effect was unforgettable. His song too, struck me instantly:
'Goin' where the Southern cross the Dog'. The singer repeated the line three times, accompanying himself on the guitar with the weirdest music I had ever heard."

This description of a slide player is one of the earliest references to blues music on record. Blues slide guitar originated in the Mississippi Delta region in the early 1900's where it was popularised by players such Willy Brown, Son House, Johnny Shines and the legendary Robert Johnson. Mostly unrecorded, playing on street corners and at House parties, these early players
evolved slide guitar into a highly-polished art form of many rhythmically differing styles, which reached it's zenith in the late 1930's.

In the 1940's three things happened which had a profound effect on blues guitar playing.
Firstly, the invention of the mechanised cotton picker and increasingly sophisticated farm machinery added greatly to the already bad unemployment problem in the Delta area.

Secondly, up north in Chicago, World War II was creating plenty of jobs in the industrial sector. This lead to an exodus of unemployed black people from the Mississippi area to Chicago.

Thirdly, an event happened that changed not only blues music, but all popular music.
In the late 40's the electric guitar was born. Blues musicians took to the new instrument with a vengeance. Players such as Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters and others created whole new styles of playing slide guitar, adapting and transcending the Mississippi Delta style and creating the roots of Rock and Roll using fat, distorted tones
and aggressive, rhythmic playing styles. The music created during this time is still being mimicked by many bands today.

Today slide guitar is represented by a whole new crop of talented players. People such as Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers, George Thorogood, Jeff Healey, Keb' Mo' and too many others to name in America have kept traditional blues slide guitar alive and vibrant. On the Australian blues scene we are blessed to have such excellent players as Dave Hole, Kevin
Borich, Matt Taylor, Phil Manning and many others.

Slide guitar, like the blues itself, is still alive and well! The object of this course is to give you the basic skills needed to express yourself musically using a piece of metal (or glass) moved across some strings, not to teach you to be a great slide guitar player. Only you can teach yourself that.

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muddy waters

what is muddy waters guitar tuned to in the song country blues #1

i need the guitar tabs for Gear Jammer

please send me this tab if your have it
thanks

you rock

all brownosing aside, could you please send me one bourbon, one scotch and one beer tabs, and if you have "leave my little girl alone by SRV, that would be awesome too. Have a good un'.

learning slide guitar

i,play in a rock,n,roll band but have been listening to some great slide guitar,now i,d like to pick up some tips,so if u can help me i,d be real greatful.

Re: learning slide guitar

Hello,

My name is jeremi yarger, and i am interested in any slide guitar tips that you can give me. I am just getting started with it so the advice must be at a very basic level. This jesture would be greatly apreciated.

Thanks, jeremi

learning slide guitar

i,play in a rock,n,roll band but have been listening to some great slide guitar,now i,d like to pick up some tips,so if u can help me i,d be real greatful.

slide guitar

can you play slide guitar with an acoustic?

Re: slide guitar

: can you play slide guitar with an acoustic?

of course not why would i go to this gay sight if i could

thorogood tabs

thorogood tabs

This popular thread has been given its own page : thorogood tabs

robert johnson-crossroad blues

Re: robert johnson-crossroad blues

Check out this web site http://www.rostock.igd.fhg.de/~kugraw/slidingzone.html

It has some killer slide tabs of some good old slide songs. It has Crossroad Blues as done by Sam Mitchell. Not exactly the way Robert Johnson did it, but a damn good interpretation. Tune to Open G and slide away.....

Re: robert johnson-crossroad blues

there's nothing here. I want to know as much as I can.

Learning Blues Slide Guitar

I would like to thank you for this great information about learning blues guitar. I am only a beginner at 48years old but have listened to and dreamed that I could play blues like Muddy Waters, the Great Robert Johnson or the many others that I have listened to over the years. I may not realize my dream of ever becoming that good but maybe I can at least learn enough at my age to fulfill a small part of that dream. Thanks to you I at least have a start. I am not sure about tuning the guitar for slide playing(I have just learned to tune the standard way) and I am sure this will take time and mistakes but I will do my best. If you have any hits or tricks of the trade in this area I will be grateful. Again thanks for the geat information and I will let you know how its going with this new (older) guitar player. Oh I have a Gibson Electric hollow body(Black and ivory trim) and I love the rich sound it produces.

thanks Jim Garmon

Re: Learning Blues Slide Guitar

: I would like to thank you for this great information about learning blues guitar. I am only a beginner at 48years old but have listened to and dreamed that I could play blues like Muddy Waters, the Great Robert Johnson or the many others that I have listened to over the years. I may not realize my dream of ever becoming that good but maybe I can at least learn enough at my age to fulfill a small part of that dream. Thanks to you I at least have a start. I am not sure about tuning the guitar for slide playing(I have just learned to tune the standard way) and I am sure this will take time and mistakes but I will do my best. If you have any hits or tricks of the trade in this area I will be grateful. Again thanks for the geat information and I will let you know how its going with this new (older) guitar player. Oh I have a Gibson Electric hollow body(Black and ivory trim) and I love the rich sound it produces.

: thanks Jim Garmon
Thanks Jim,
I didn't start really playing slide until later in life myself, and I am still a beginner.
glad you enjoyed the page.
brujo

tabulature transcripts

Looking for tab versions of Howlin Wolf's "Little Red Rooster," Elmore James' "Done Somebody Wrong," One Way Out," and " Look On Yonders Wall." Also, any Jimmy Reed.

Thanks

Re: tabulature transcriptskeb mo tablature

: Looking for tab versions of Howlin Wolf's "Little Red Rooster," Elmore James' "Done Somebody Wrong," One Way Out," and " Look On Yonders Wall." Also, any Jimmy Reed.

: Thanks

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