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Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches

Diversify your blues guitar chops with this Blues Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches for intermediate to late intermediate students of blues guitar. This Blues Learning Path core course is presented by 5 top TrueFire educators: Sonny Landreth, Andy Aledort, David Hamburger, Mike Zito, and Richard Von Bergen. The Slide Approaches curriculum is comprised of select blues guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

One of the qualities that attracts all of us to the guitar is the virtually infinite range of styles and techniques that are possible on the instrument. Having a grasp on a wide variety of styles and techniques not only broadens your musicality, it opens the door to many more playing opportunities with other musicians. You'll gain more clarity on the instrument overall and expressing yourself on it will become a richer experience. The video guitar lessons in this core course will diversify your skill set and help take your playing to the next level.

Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches is organized into 4 sections. In the first section, you'll work on the basics of Slide playing. In the second section you'll jump into playing in standard tuning. In Section 3 you will learn a batch of licks and solos, and then in Section 4 you will study with one of the masters—Sonny Landreth.

When you've completed the lessons here in Slide Approaches, you'll find lessons focused on fingerstyle techniques in Fingerstyle Approaches, also a Play Blues Guitar 7 core course.

The educators demonstrate all of the key examples over jam tracks (where and when applicable) to simulate a real-world application, in a musical context. Key examples are also tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Blues Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches - Introduction

01: Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches - Introduction

Welcome to Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches for intermediate to late Intermediate students of blues guitar. This Blues Learning Path core course is presented by 5 top TrueFire educators: Sonny Landreth, Andy Aledort, David Hamburger, Mike Zito, and Richard Von Bergen.

2 min
Slide Guitar Essentials - SECTION 1: Overview

02: Slide Guitar Essentials - SECTION 1: Overview

In this section you will tackle the basics of slide playing - learning vibrato and muting, and dig into open E tuning riffs from Robert Johnson and Elmore James to get you started.

1 min
Slide Guitar Essentials - Overview

03: Slide Guitar Essentials - Overview

Slide Guitar Essentials - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. In this section we will address all of the essential elements of playing slide guitar, starting with the slide itself.

2 min
Slide Materials - Overview

04: Slide Materials - Overview

Slide Materials - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. The very first decision to make when picking up slide guitar is what type of slide to use.

10 min
Wearing The Slide - Overview

05: Wearing The Slide - Overview

Wearing The Slide - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. Along with picking which slide you prefer - metal, glass, ceramic, etc. - you need to determine the best finger on which to wear the slide.

6 min
Right and Left Hand Muting - Overview

06: Right and Left Hand Muting - Overview

Right and Left Hand Muting - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. When it comes to right-and left-hand muting techniques, no one is better to study than Duane Allman.

7 min
Slide Vibrato - Overview

07: Slide Vibrato - Overview

Slide Vibrato - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. Along with using glissandos, sliding up or down to a specific note, the technique that most evokes a vocalesque quality on slide guitar is vibrato.

6 min
Open E Tuning - Tuning and Essentials

08: Open E Tuning - Tuning and Essentials

Open E Tuning - Tuning and Essentials is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. When using the slide, open E tuning enables big, fat major chords that can be treated with vibrato for a great classic slide sound.

4 min
Chords in Open E Tuning - Overview

09: Chords in Open E Tuning - Overview

Chords in Open E Tuning - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. To play with authority and confidence in an open tuning, it is essential to learn the proper chord shapes and voicings that are fretted without the slide.

5 min
Slide Scales in Open E Tuning - Overview

10: Slide Scales in Open E Tuning - Overview

Slide Scales in Open E Tuning - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. Let's start our examination of slide soloing with scales and scale positions that are most commonly used when playing in an open E tuning.

6 min
Elmore James Style: Open E - Performance

11: Elmore James Style: Open E - Performance

Elmore James Style: Open E - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. Elmore James was without question one of the greatest practitioners of playing slide guitar in an open E, and open E-type tuning, so it is essential to study his playing.

1 min
Elmore James Style: Open E - Breakdown

12: Elmore James Style: Open E - Breakdown

Elmore James Style: Open E - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. This Elmore James-style example is performed with fingerpicking, which, for me, is the preferred method when playing slide.

3 min
Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Performance

13: Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Performance

Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. One of the pioneers of slide guitar - and of blues guitar overall - is Delta blues legend Robert Johnson.

1 min
Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Breakdown

14: Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Breakdown

Robert Johnson Style: Open E - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. This solo is based around the infamous "Sweet Home Chicago" melody.

2 min
Standard Tuning - SECTION 2: Overview

15: Standard Tuning - SECTION 2: Overview

In this section you will learn about playing slide in standard tuning. Many times you just want to grab your slide and start playing without re-tuning your guitar, so here you will learn some cool patterns to help you do that.

1 min
Playing By Position - Concept 8

16: Playing By Position - Concept 8

Playing By Position - Concept 8 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. Playing by position refers to taking the closed position box and moving it around the fretboard to match whatever chord you're on at the moment.

6 min
The Basic Closed-Position Box - Concept 4

17: The Basic Closed-Position Box - Concept 4

The Basic Closed-Position Box - Concept 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. In this section we'll work with the notes of a basic go-to closed-position box of notes.

3 min
Staying In One Position - Concept 9

18: Staying In One Position - Concept 9

Staying In One Position - Concept 9 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. Just like using only one pentatonic position to play blues in standard guitar playing, you can make a lot of music sticking to one slide position as well.

8 min
Skydog Shuffle - Overview

19: Skydog Shuffle - Overview

Skydog Shuffle - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. Modern slide starts here! As we did on King James, we're working in our closed box position (this time in C), but the phrasing and the approach are very different.

1 min
Skydog Shuffle - Performance

20: Skydog Shuffle - Performance

Skydog Shuffle - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. As you work through this tune, notice how much the phrasing of the slide licks drives the groove.

1 min
Skydog Shuffle - Breakdown

21: Skydog Shuffle - Breakdown

Skydog Shuffle - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. We've talked earlier about harmonica licks and the right-hand technique required to execute them, and this tune is the perfect opportunity to work on incorporating them into your playing.

5 min
Licks and Solos - SECTION 3: Overview

22: Licks and Solos - SECTION 3: Overview

Here you will learn some essential slide licks. Having these licks under your fingers can give you a nice batch of stuff to practice on as well as being licks you can pull out at the jam!

1 min
IV Chord Love - Lick 7

23: IV Chord Love - Lick 7

IV Chord Love - Lick 7 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. A common practice when soloing with a slide is to take a melodic phrase or idea and then transpose it to accommodate each of the chords in the progression.

5 min
Long Distance Turnaround - Lick 10

24: Long Distance Turnaround - Lick 10

Long Distance Turnaround - Lick 10 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. One of Muddy Waters' classic and most loved tunes is "Long Distance Call", for which he plays an iconic opening figure during the song's intro. This lick is played along those lines.

5 min
Grease-E - Lick 13

25: Grease-E - Lick 13

Grease-E - Lick 13 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort. Let's stick with this thematic approach for the moment; it's a great way to build a repertoire of licks while also focusing on a few very specific technical aspects of slide execution.

5 min
Winter Slide - Lick 27

26: Winter Slide - Lick 27

Winter Slide - Lick 27 is a video guitar lesson presented by Mike Zito. Johnny Winter is one of my all time favorite guitarists. Here's a fast-paced slide lick in the key of E, standard tuning.

3 min
Duane Slide - Lick 28

27: Duane Slide - Lick 28

Duane Slide - Lick 28 is a video guitar lesson presented by Mike Zito. Duane Allman was the master of modern electric slide guitar. The idea here is to have some great Americana slide licks to pull out without having to change guitars.

4 min
Johnny Shines On Me - Lick 17

28: Johnny Shines On Me - Lick 17

Johnny Shines On Me - Lick 17 is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Van Bergen. For the next 8 licks we're going to focus on slide guitar.

4 min
Furry goes to Brownville - Lick 18

29: Furry goes to Brownville - Lick 18

Furry goes to Brownville - Lick 18 is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Van Bergen. Here is another lick in open G tuning. This time without the capo. It is based on Furry Lewis's version of the song "I'm Goin' To Brownville."

4 min
It's a Night Hawk - Lick 21

30: It's a Night Hawk - Lick 21

It's a Night Hawk - Lick 21 is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Van Bergen. For the next two licks we're going to dig into the slide style of Robert Nighthawk. His slide style is full of quarter notes, played with a deep vibrato.

7 min
Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 1

31: Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 1

Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. This solo owes something to Hound Dog Taylor's Hawaiian Boogie, which in turn owes something to the Hawaiian style of steel guitar.

1 min
Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 2

32: Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 2

Hound Dog Solo 1 - Part 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. This solo owes something to Hound Dog Taylor's Hawaiian Boogie, which in turn owes something to the Hawaiian style of steel guitar.

4 min
Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 1

33: Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 1

Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. Try to think of each lick you play as a phrase, like a short sentence. Play that one idea, then take a breath before you make your next statement.

4 min
Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 2

34: Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 2

Hound Dog Solo 2 - Part 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger. Try to think of each lick you play as a phrase, like a short sentence. Play that one idea, then take a breath before you make your next statement.

3 min
Super Sonny - SECTION 4: Overview

35: Super Sonny - SECTION 4: Overview

In this section you will learn techniques from Sonny Landreth. Learning from master players is an important part of not only getting your technique together, but also helps you see what can be possible as you start to develop your own style.

1 min
Blues Walk - Overview

36: Blues Walk - Overview

Blues Walk - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. This tune is based on the classic "Walking Blues," a solid, four-on-the-floor rock groove ala Paul Butterfield version.

1 min
Blues Walk - Performance

37: Blues Walk - Performance

Blues Walk - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. This tune is based on the classic "Walking Blues," a solid, four-on-the-floor rock groove ala Paul Butterfield version.

1 min
Blues Walk - Breakdown

38: Blues Walk - Breakdown

Blues Walk - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. This tune is based on the classic "Walking Blues," a solid, four-on-the-floor rock groove ala Paul Butterfield version.

11 min
Solo Blues - Overview

39: Solo Blues - Overview

Solo Blues - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. Here's a solo piece in D tuning with minimal changes. This tune will use all of the techniques we've used in the examples above.

1 min
Solo Blues - Performance

40: Solo Blues - Performance

Solo Blues - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. Here's a solo piece in D tuning with minimal changes. This tune will use all of the techniques we've used in the examples above.

1 min
Solo Blues - Breakdown

41: Solo Blues - Breakdown

Solo Blues - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Sonny Landreth. Here's a solo piece in D tuning with minimal changes. This tune will use all of the techniques we've used in the examples above.

10 min
Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches - Conclusion

42: Play Blues Guitar 7: Slide Approaches - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! When you're ready to advance your skills further, dive into the next core course in your TrueFire learning path. Practice smart. Play hard!

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