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Why You Should Learn Slide Guitar in Standard Tuning

Lesson ID: TB174

In this lesson, we’ll cover the main reason why you should learn slide guitar in standard tuning. Plus we’ll cover a slinky slide lick in G to get you started on your way.

Slide guitar can present players with a myriad of reasons not to get started. There are modifications that need to be made to the guitar, string gauges need to be changed and then if that’s not enough, you need to learn how to play in open tunings!

In Tuesday Blues #173 we talked about what you really need to play slide guitar and tossed all that other stuff out the window. If we look to the pioneers of blues slide guitar, we’ll find modest equipment and crude implements functioning as the actual slide.

Blues is more about making great music and less about how it’s made.

In this lesson, we’ll focus on slide in standard tuning to ease into playing slide guitar and utilize a familiar tuning.

You’ll learn:

  • Why You Should Start Playing Slide in Standard Tuning
  • How to Play a Slide-Based Groove in G

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