Slide Guitar Starter Pack

Slide guitar is when you use a slide to play riffs and individual notes on a guitar. The slide is generally placed on the middle or ring finger and used to slide up and down the fret board. Using a slide gives the guitar a very distinctive, slinky and winding sound. Practice slide guitar with these songs from Cage the Elephant, George Harrison, The White Stripes, and more.

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Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top

Anders will teach you all the fantastic rock guitar playing in this tune. First there's the call & response based main riff, then a rocking rhythm guitar part, then a slide solo followed by a standard blues-rock licks solo.

Published: 06/25/2015 Upgrade
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Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Cage The Elephant

Mike will show you the 2 acoustic guitar layers in this song digging into slide riffs and chord strums. Any acoustic guitar can be used for this tutorial, but one with a brighter tone will cut through the band mix better. A slide is also needed to play some of the parts in this tune.

Published: 04/01/2019 Upgrade
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Standing Around Crying Muddy Waters

Tom will show you both guitar parts in this old school, down & dirty grinding blues with a mixture of slide & basic blues riffs played by one of the iconic masters.

Published: 06/30/2016 Upgrade
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Rollin' & Tumblin' Eric Clapton

Anders teaches you how to play the classic blues song "Rollin' and Tumblin'" as made famous by Eric Clapton. This song is a crucial part of the historic foundation of blues music and it's been covered by almost every blues artist to ever walk this earth. The version we'll be exploring today is driven by an acoustic resonator slide guitar in an open G tuning.

Published: 05/01/2014 Upgrade
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You Shook Me Led Zeppelin

Tom will show you the 2 electric guitar parts that are played in this tune. There is lyrical slide work playing call and response with the vocals, low grinding rhythm work and a scorching lead solo! This is post-psychedelic blues rock at its best!

Published: 05/21/2019 Upgrade
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Back Door Man Willie Dixon

In this set of lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Back Door Man", by Willie Dixon. Henrik will introduce the song and go over the gear and tones, then dive into the funky main electric riff. Next on the agenda is the slide guitar part, then we'll move on to the very cool solo. Henrik will give some advice on bends and vibrato before we do full performance and single guitar play alongs; we'll top it all off with a jam along.

Published: 02/13/2014 Upgrade
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Statesboro Blues The Allman Brothers

The Allman Brothers' live version of the song "Statesboro Blues" features some of the most legendary slide playing ever recorded...but you don't have to be a master slide player to learn something from this song! We'll go through the basic slide vocabulary in an open tuning, and if you are more experienced with slide playing (Or just a quick learner) you can catch all the hard wide jumps, fast runs and overall virtuosity that Duane Allman shows in Statesboro Blues.

Published: 12/09/2009 Upgrade