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Encyclopedia > Slide guitar
Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar.
Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar.

Slide guitar or bottleneck guitar is a particular method or technique for playing the guitar. The term slide is in reference to the sliding motion of the slide against the strings, while bottleneck refers to the original material of choice for such slides, which were the necks of glass bottles. Instead of altering the pitch of the strings in the normal manner (by pressing the string against frets), a slide is placed upon the string to vary its vibrating length, and pitch. This slide can then be moved along the string without lifting, creating continuous transitions in pitch. Image File history File linksMetadata Fingandslide. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Fingandslide. ... A fingerpick is a type of plectrum used most commonly for playing bluegrass style banjo music. ... A modern tricone resonator guitar, with electric pickup Ellis 8 string baritone tricone resonator guitar guitar played by James Michael Thompson A resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar whose sound is produced by one or more metal cones (resonators) instead of the wooden soundboard (guitar top/face). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Pitch is the perceived fundamental frequency of a sound. ... The strings of a harp A string is the vibrating element which is the source of vibration in string instruments, such as the guitar, harp, piano, and members of the violin family. ... The neck of a guitar showing the first four frets. ...


Slide guitar is most often played (assuming a right-handed player and guitar):

  • With the guitar in the normal position, using a slide called a bottleneck on one of the fingers of the left hand; this is known as bottleneck guitar.
  • With the guitar held horizontally, with the belly uppermost and the bass strings toward the player, and using a slide called a steel held in the left hand; this is known as steel guitar.

Slides may be used on any guitar, but slides generally and steels in particular are often used on instruments specifically made to be played in this manner. These include: A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ...

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A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... A modern tricone resonator guitar, with electric pickup Ellis 8 string baritone tricone resonator guitar guitar played by James Michael Thompson A resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar whose sound is produced by one or more metal cones (resonators) instead of the wooden soundboard (guitar top/face). ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ... A lap slide guitar can be loosly defined as any guitar that is played laying flat on its back, strings facing upwards, using a slide to create the notes rather than fretting the strings with the fingers. ... Reproduction of a classic Weissenborn Weissenborn or H. Weissenborn is a brand of lap slide guitar manufactured by Hermann Weissenborn in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s. ...

Equipment

Resonator guitar played with a horizontal slide.
Resonator guitar played with a horizontal slide.

Since the introduction of slide guitar playing in the early 1900s, many different materials have been used to play slide guitar. Various smooth hard objects may be used as a slide. One of the most common is the neck of a glass bottle, which is slipped over one of the fingers of the fretting hand. The term "bottleneck guitar" derives from this. A glass, stainless steel, brass, or chrome tube of approximately the same size (typically one to two inches long and ¾ inch diameter) may also be used. There are also the Mudslide porcelain and Moonshine Slides ceramic slides, invented by Terrie Lambert in 1990, which are glazed on the outside but porous on the inside, so that finger moisture is absorbed, preventing slippage. An alternative method is to use a solid metal bar or rod, also about the same size as above, laid across the strings of the guitar and held by the fingers of the fretting hand being laid on it to either side, parallel to it. Shotglasses, pipes, and stones have also been used to good effect, as have rings and even cigarette lighters. Image File history File linksMetadata Lapstyle. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Lapstyle. ... Composite body, painted, and glazed bottle. ... This article is about the material. ... The 630 foot (192 m) high, stainless-clad (type 304) Gateway Arch defines St. ... Brazen redirects here. ... Bright chrome is often used as a decorative feature on consumer products such as cars. ... “Fine China” redirects here. ... This article is about ceramic materials. ...


One can also use a knife instead of a bar:

"As he played, he pressed a knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularised by Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars. The effect was unforgettable." ―W. C. Handy on his first hearing slide guitar, a blues player in the Tutwiler, Mississippi train station.

An ordinary guitar, either electric or acoustic, can be used for playing slide. Often the strings are raised a little higher off the neck than they would be for ordinary guitar playing. This is done especially if the free fingers are not going to be used for fretting. An extension nut may be used to achieve the higher string height at the peghead end of the neck. This is just a normal nut, with the slots filed less deeply, and often in a straight line rather than following the radius of the fretboard. William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a blues composer and musician, often known as the Father of the Blues. ... Tutwiler is a town located in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. ...


The lap steel and the pedal steel are guitars that have evolved especially for playing slide in the horizontal position. Resophonic or resonator guitars have often been employed for slide playing, typically held horizontally. They are sometimes known as dobros after the Dopyera brothers, whose company first made them. National is another brand. In resonator guitars, rather than the sound being produced by the body's hollow, a special bridge transfers the vibrations from the strings to a metal cone placed inside the body. Lap Steel Guitar (also called Hawaiian Guitar or simply lap steel or steel guitar) is a type of guitar, and a method of playing the instrument. ... Pedal steel guitar (also called Steel Guitar) is a type of guitar, and a method of playing the instrument. ... A modern tricone resonator guitar, with electric pickup Ellis 8 string baritone tricone resonator guitar guitar played by James Michael Thompson A resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar whose sound is produced by one or more metal cones (resonators) instead of the wooden soundboard (guitar top/face). ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ...


Technique

A bottleneck slide on an acoustic guitar
A bottleneck slide on an acoustic guitar

The slide is pressed against the strings—lightly, so as not to touch the strings to the fretboard, and parallel to the frets. The pitch of the strings can then be continuously varied by moving the slide up and down the neck. The usual limitation in fretted guitar playing of twelve pitches per octave does not apply. Indeed, in pure slide guitar playing the frets serve no purpose, other than as a visual reference. The technique lends itself to glissandi (swoops up or down to a note); in addition it has the ability to evoke sounds of the human voice, crying, sighing or weeping, or natural noises. Another strength of the technique is its vibrato, which is easily achieved by oscillating the hand so that the slide goes quickly back and forth. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 356 KB)Glass bottle slide, acoustic guitar. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 356 KB)Glass bottle slide, acoustic guitar. ... Glissando (plural: glissandi) is a musical term that refers to either a continuous sliding from one pitch to another (a true glissando), or an incidental scale played while moving from one melodic note to another (an effective glissando). ...


The major limitation of slide playing is of course that only one chord shape is available: whatever the strings happen to be tuned to going straight across. Many slide guitarists will still use their free fingers to fret the strings if they want to employ that sound as well. Using the free fingers opens up the possibility of playing chord shapes other than the straight line given by the slide. One strategy is to use the free fingers for rhythm work, and intersperse this with lead phrases played with the slide. Fingering for an open-position C Major chord (with the 5th, a G note, in the bass) played on a six-string acoustic guitar. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ...


The guitar may be held in the normal guitar-playing position (that is, with the face of the guitar more-or-less vertical) or it may be held flat, with the face of the guitar horizontal. In the latter case the guitar may sit flat in one's lap or on a stool, face up, or held in this position by a strap, and played standing up. If holding the guitar in the normal vertical position, it is more common to use the tube type of slide. In the horizontal approach, solid bars or "bullets" are more commonly used, and the grip is overhand: the hand is not wrapped around the neck, the index finger is nearest the bridge, the little finger nearest the nut, fingers pointing away from the chest. A lap slide guitar can be loosly defined as any guitar that is played laying flat on its back, strings facing upwards, using a slide to create the notes rather than fretting the strings with the fingers. ...


Usually, a slide player will use open tuning, although standard tuning is sometimes used. In open tuning the strings are tuned to sound a chord when not fretted; sliding the bottleneck up and down the guitar neck gives that chord in various keys. The chord tuned to is most often major. Open tunings commonly used with slide include Open D or "Vestapol" tuning: D-A-d-f#-a-d; and Open G or "Spanish" tuning: D-G-d-g-b-d . Open E and Open A, formed by raising each of those tunings a whole tone, are also common. These tunings can be traced back to the 18th century through the banjo, predating the Hawaiian guitar. Another open D tuning is D-A-d-a-d-f#. Other tunings are used as well. In guitar playing, an open tuning is one where the strings are tuned so that a chord is achieved without fretting, or pressing any of the strings. ... Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ...


Occasionally a bottleneck is used on only the highest two strings of a guitar in standard tuning, usually in live performance to introduce just a short passage of bottleneck effect into a piece which otherwise consists mainly of guitar played in standard fashion.


Slide guitar is most often fingerpicked, with or without plastic or metal picks on the thumb and fingers. However some players use a flatpick (plectrum). Various guitar picks A plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument. ...


The bottleneck or tube type of slide is usually worn over the ring (3rd) or little (4th) finger. Wearing it on the 4th finger has the advantage of leaving one more finger free to fret notes if desired. However some players feel that they get better control using the ring finger. Most instructors recommend letting one or more of the fingers behind the slide rest lightly on the strings to help mute unwanted vibrations.


Technical challenges

The main technical challenges with slide guitar playing are:

  • Intonation (playing each note right at the desired pitch, not a little flat or a little sharp)
  • Muting undesired strings.

Slide guitar places greater demands on one's ability to mute strings than standard guitar does. Playing a melody with well articulated individual notes requires more skill than may at first be apparent; it is easy to get a howling mass of notes on slide guitar until muting is mastered. This is because the movement of the slide, which is usually pressing down more than one string, causes those strings to sound, but not all of those strings are necessarily intended to sound at a given time. In contrast to fretting, in which the note decays quickly after the fretting finger is lifted, unwanted notes while using a slide must be actively muted. One can touch the string with a fingertip of the picking hand, or lift the slide and damp with a fretting-hand finger. The first method is more selective, the second stops all sound.

Double slide guitar system

A relatively new technique, expanding the musical range and sonic capabilities of slide guitar, is the system of double slide guitar. It was invented by Brian Cober, a Canadian blues musician. In double slide, the first slide is placed on the middle finger (usually a modified steel bar that can be put on the finger) and a modified thumb slide is put on the thumb that is able to cover two strings. Double slide is meant to be played on a six string lap guitar (or a regular six string guitar modified with the strings raised up for high action like a lap guitar), usually tuned to open e tuning. The double slide guitar system allows for the player to achieve chords not heard in open tunings, such as minor chords, dominant seventh chords etc. and allows for a greater use of technique in soloing.[1] Will Ray of the Hellecasters uses a similar technique, wearing "stealth" pinky type slides on either hand. Will Ray (born 1950, Richmond, Virginia) is a long-time American session guitarist and current member of the Hellecasters. ... The Hellecasters are an American guitar group. ...


History

The technique of using a slide on a string has been traced by noted blues scholar and musician Dr. David Thorpe to a one-string toy-instrument: the "diddley bow," which resembles one-stringed African instruments. The tuning and bend filled playing style resembles the blues-harp.[2] While this seems to imply that the technique originated in Africa and crossed the Atlantic during the slave trade, there is also a Pacific connection (the Hawaiian "slack guitar style"), possibly tracing its origins back to the Indian subcontinent, where the Vichitra Veena is played sliding a glass ball across the strings. The technique was made popular by African American blues artists. The first musician to be recorded using the style was Sylvester Weaver who recorded two solo pieces "Guitar Blues" and "Guitar Rag" in 1923. Some of the blues artists who most prominently used the slide include gospel singer Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, and Robert Johnson as well as Casey Bill Weldon of the Memphis Jug Band. The sound has since become commonplace in country and Hawaiian music. It is also used in rock, by bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (whose original singer Syd Barrett used a Zippo rather than an actual slide on the song See Emily Play), and ZZ Top that have been heavily influenced by the blues. While the Allmans were the first to bring slide guitar to a wide audience, The Rolling Stones used it as early as their 1963 recording of the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man". Guitarist Brian Jones played slide in a very blues-oriented style. His successor, Mick Taylor also displayed his own slide guitar skills while with the band, using a bottleneck on studio recordings and during live performances. The diddley bow is an American string instrument of African origin. ... Example of bending on electric guitar A bend is a guitar technique that involves bending the tone upwards, thus making the note or chord sound sharper than normal. ... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ or mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, tin sandwich, lickin stick, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass... The Vichitra Veena is a plucked string instrument used in Hindustani music. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Sylvester Pat Weaver (December 21, 1908 - March 17, 2002) was a network television pioneer and president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. ... The only known photograph of Blind Willie Johnson Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945) was an African-American singer and guitarist whose music straddled the border between blues and spirituals. ... Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1908–August 15, 1959), born William Samuel McTell, was an influential American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Fred McDowell (1904-1972), called Mississippi Fred McDowell was a singer and guitar player of delta blues . ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named Robert Johnson, see Robert Johnson (disambiguation). ... Casey Bill Weldon (July 10, 1909 - 196?) was an African-American blues musician best known for his slide guitar skill. ... This music article needs to be wikified. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... 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Arguably the first influential classic electric blues slide guitarist is Elmore James, whose riff in the song "Dust My Broom" is copied from Robert Johnson[3] and is held in particularly high regard. Blues legend Muddy Waters was also very influential, particularly in developing the electric Chicago blues slide guitar from the acoustic Mississippi Delta slide guitar. Texas bluesmaster Johnny Winter developed his distinctive style through years of touring with Muddy. Slide player Roy Rogers honed his prodigious skills by touring with blues giant John Lee Hooker. John Lee's cousin, the great Earl Hooker, may have been the first to use wah and slide together. Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. ... I Believe Ill Dust My Broom Vocalion 03475 Dust My Broom is a blues standard originally recorded by Robert Johnson, the legendary Mississippi Delta blues singer and guiarist, on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Delta blues are named for the Mississippi Delta. ... John Dawson Johnny Winter III (born on 23 February 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. ... Roy Rogers (born July 28, 1950, Redding, California) is a highly acclaimed American slide guitarist and music producer from Northern California. ... John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. ... Earl Hooker (January 15, 1929 – April 21, 1970) was an African American blues guitarist. ... Seventh release by Manchester indie rock group, James. ...


The late Duane Allman played a key role in bringing slide guitar into rock music, through his work with the Allman Brothers Band. Duane Allman shows his skill in playing slide guitar in the 1971 live album At Fillmore East and with Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album. Beginning in the late 1960s, Allman used an empty glass Coricidin medicine bottle, which he wore over his ring finger, as a slide; this was later picked up by other slide guitarists such as Bonnie Raitt, Rory Gallagher, and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Such bottles eventually went out of production in the early 1980s (although replicas have been produced since 1985).[4][5] Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American lead guitarist and noted session musician. ... At Fillmore East is a blues-rock double live album by The Allman Brothers Band, released in July of 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Derek and the Dominos were a blues-rock supergroup formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, who had all played with him in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. ... Eric Clapton chronology Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a blues-rock album by Derek and the Dominos. ... Coricidin, Coricidin D (decongestant), or CoricidinHBP (for high blood pressure), is the name of a drug marketed by Schering-Plough that contains dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and chlorphenamine maleate (an antihistamine). ... Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948–14 June 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, grew up in Cork City in the south of Ireland. ... Gary Rossington (born December 4, 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a founding member and lead guitarist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced lĕh-nérd skin-nérd) (pronounced ) is an iconic U.S. Southern rock band. ...


Duane extended the expressive range of the slide guitar by incorporating the harmonica effects of Sonny Boy Williamson II, most clearly in the Allman Brothers' cover version of Sonny Boy's One Way Out, heard on their CD Eat a Peach. He made his slide playing sound remarkably like an alto saxophone in the ABB's live version of "You Don't Love Me" on their 1989 anthology Dreams. (During his solo he included a portion of the song "Soul Serenade" as a tribute to his close friend, the then-recently-murdered alto player King Curtis.) A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... Sonny Boy Williamson, circa 1964 Aleck Rice Miller (December 5, 1899 - May 25, 1965), a. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... One Way Out is a blues song first recorded and released in the early-mid 1960s by Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James, an R&B hit under a different name for G.L. Crockett in the mid-1960s, and then popularized to rock audiences in the early 1970s... Eat a Peach is a 1972 double album by the American Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band; it was the last to include founder member and lead slide guitar player Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident while the album was being recorded. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934– August 13, 1971), who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, soul, rock, and soul jazz. ...


Bonnie Raitt also showcases the slide guitar, much like her long-time friend and slide guitarist, Lowell George (using an 11/16 spark plug socket), as well as studio and solo artist Ry Cooder and George Harrison (particularly on most of his albums, among many others). Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Lowell George (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, CA - June 29, 1979) was an American musician, singer and guitarist, with the rock group Little Feat and as a solo artist. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


Noted slide players include Jerry Douglas, Junior Brown, Sonny Landreth, Joe Perry, Rod Price, Dave Hole and Mick Taylor. Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. ... Junior Brown Junior Brown (born 1953) is an American country guitarist and singer from Kirksville, Indiana. ... Sonny Landreth is a slide guitar wiz from Lousiana. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Rod Price (Born: 1947 in London, United Kingdom-March 22, 2005 in Wilton, New Hampshire, United States) was an English guitarist who played for Foghat. ... Dave Hole (born March 30, 1948 in Heswall, Cheshire, England) is an Australian slide guitarist well known for his exciting style of playing rock & roll and blues music. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ...


Modern examples of slide guitar play include: Eric Sardinas, Jack White of the White Stripes, Beck Hansen, Derek Trucks, Ben Harper, Jonny Buckland and Rich Robinson have also become a prominent slide guitarists in modern rock music. Eric Sardinas Eric Sardinas, is an American blues-rock guitarist born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1970. ... kicks ass --clayton kicks ass hard! ... The White Stripes are a minimalist rock and roll duo from Detroit, formed in 1997. ... For other uses, see Beck (disambiguation). ... Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) is an American guitarist, bandleader (The Derek Trucks Band), and member of The Allman Brothers Band. ... Benjamin Chase Ben Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American musician. ... Jonathan Mark Buckland (born 11 September 1977), known as Jon or Jonny Buckland, is the lead guitarist of the band Coldplay. ... Rich Robinson (born May 24, 1969) is a musician and a founding member of the rock group The Black Crowes. ...


Effects

In recent years, some guitarists have developed the bottleneck technique further by introducing effects. For example, Matt Bellamy of the English rock band Muse, who uses the guitar slide with a multitude of rack mounted and pedal effects, most notably a Korg Kaoss Pad, built in below the bridge of his guitar. This heavily effected technique allows him to produce many different sounds; mainly the ethereal, sustained, wailing sound during the introduction to the song "Invincible".[1] Matthew Bellamy (born June 8, 1978) is the lead singer and guitarist of British rock group Muse. ... For other uses, see Muse (disambiguation). ... The Kaoss Pad is a touchpad MIDI controller, sampler, and effects processor for audio and musical instruments made by Korg. ...


Bass

A few musicians have used slides with bass guitarslide bass. Mark Sandman was probably the best known proponent (with Morphine, he performed primarily on a custom two-string slide bass guitar). Bill Laswell, Robert Weaver, Kevin Rutmanis and Marc Sloan, and Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band have also played slide bass. John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin has performed on a custom-made bass lap steel. Jazz bassist Victor Wooten occasionally uses a slide for soloing during his live performances. A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Mark Sandman (September 24, 1952 – July 3, 1999) was an American singer, songwriter, musical instrument inventor and multi-instrumentalist. ... Morphine was an alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman and Dana Colley in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1989. ... Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. ... Robert Weaver is the name of: Robert Weaver (Amateur Wrestler) Robert C. Weaver, a 20th century American politician. ... Kevin Rutmanis was a founding member and bassist for The Cows. ... Stefan Kahil Lessard (born June 4, 1974) is an American musician, most famous as the bassist for the Dave Matthews Band. ... Dave Matthews Band (also known by the acronym DMB) is a United States-based alternative rock band, originally formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Matthews. ... John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, Kent) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician, and was known for being the bassist, the keyboardist and the mandolinist for rock band Led Zeppelin from its inception until the bands breakup following the death of John Bonham... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Lap Steel Guitar (also called Hawaiian Guitar or simply lap steel or steel guitar) is a type of guitar, and a method of playing the instrument. ... Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American electric bass guitar player. ...


Samples

The following samples give an impression of the various styles of slide guitar. First is Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues", one of the best-known examples of Delta blues slide guitar. Second is Elmore James' famous riff {copied from Robert Johnson)[3] from "Dust My Broom" (incidentally, a cover of one of Johnson's songs), a textbook example of slide guitar in electric blues. Finally, a part of Duane Allman's solo from Eric Clapton's "Layla" is included, to give an impression of highly acclaimed slide work in rock music. Delta blues are named for the Mississippi Delta. ... I Believe Ill Dust My Broom Vocalion 03475 Dust My Broom is a blues standard originally recorded by Robert Johnson, the legendary Mississippi Delta blues singer and guiarist, on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Layla is the title track on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. ...

Image File history File links Traveling_Riverside_Blues_sample. ... ElmoreJamesRiff. ... Image File history File links Layla_sample_1. ...

See also

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References

  • van der Merwe, Peter (1989), Origins of the Popular Style: The Antecedents of Twentieth-Century Popular Music, Clarendon Press, ISBN 0-19-316121-4
  1. ^ Jonathan St. Rose "Brian Cober, blues guitarist"
  2. ^ (van der Merwe 1989, pp. 66-67)
  3. ^ a b Oliver, Paul (1984). Blues Off the Record. New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press, p. 109. ISBN 0-306-80321-6. 
  4. ^ rbnc.net
  5. ^ rbnc.net

External links

  • One-String Home of the One-String "Diddley-Bow" Guitar
  • Open-G tuning and Slide guitar An overview of Open-G slide

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Slide guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1819 words)
With the guitar in the normal position, using a slide called a bottleneck on one of the fingers of the left hand; this is known as bottleneck guitar.
With the guitar held horizontally, with the belly uppermost and the bass strings toward the player, and using a slide called a steel held in the left hand; this is known as steel guitar.
The guitar may be held in the normal guitar-playing position (that is, with the face of the guitar more-or-less vertical) or it may be held flat, with the face of the guitar horizontal.
Lap slide guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1036 words)
Lap slide guitars are now the least common of the three types of lap steel guitar, despite having been developed slightly before the electric steel guitar and the resonator guitar, those being the other two types, and both of them being intrinsically very much louder than the lap slide guitar.
The most basic form of lap slide guitar is a regular acoustic guitar that has been modified for this purpose by either replacing the nut and bridge saddle with taller versions or by fitting a shim under the originals.
Unlike standard guitars the notes are not sounded by pressing the string to the fretboard but are created by using light pressure on the strings from an object held in the hand.
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