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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Introduction to Basic Slides

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[MUSIC]
We've covered some hammer-ons,
pull offs, some basic introductions
into those techniques and concepts.
Right now, we're gonna move on
a do an introduction to slides and
this is gonna be another.
We're kinda getting into some
more of the intricacies and
subtleties of playing,
some little tricks and fun things here.
So let's do a slide.
So what we're gonna do is I wanna start,
I wanna use your middle finger and
put it on the third fret of the B
string which is a D note and
we're gonna slide up a whole step and
what we're gonna do here is this
is what a slide sounds like.
So.
[MUSIC]
And all these things that we just did
the hammer-ons, the pull offs and
the slides that we're
getting ready to do and
bends coming up when I introduce that.
All four of these things
actually are similar,
because what we're doing
with all of these and
three or four very different techniques.
But we're getting multiple notes with one
strike of the string with the right hand.
So on hammer-on, [SOUND] you're
striking the string one time.
You're getting two notes.
With a pull off,
[SOUND] you're striking the string one.
You're getting two notes with a slide.
This is very similar.
You're striking the string one time
[SOUND] and you're getting two notes.
You're engaging the string
to produce another sound
without striking the string
a second time with the pick.
So that's what a slide sounds like and
the technique is you can use any finger.
I'll go over different
fingers in a minute.
But it's basically,
you're finger is staying down on
the fret board and
you're just sliding up really smooth.
And the whole thing about this is
you wanna make sure that your hand,
again, stays relaxed.
The whole thing about this,
the one word I'm gonna go back to
in all these lessons is just relax.
Everything should be very relaxed and
smooth.
Nothing should feel forced at all.
So this is a very light touch,
you don't have to press down too hard.
It's just a normal tension on the string,
pressure rather.
We're just gonna slide up smoothly.
And if you feel your finger
getting caught behind the fret and
it's a rough movement or you feel like
you're going over a bridge there, or
something that's getting in the way.
That means you're probably
pressing too hard.
So just remember this takes a light touch
and you just want it to be super clear.
Let the note speak and I want you to
do this, to try this together with me.
We're gonna slide a whole step,
which means one fret.
We're gonna slide from the third
fret up to the fifth fret,
from D to E and
I know this is kind of a closed position.
And we haven't worked a lot with that yet,
but we're getting ready to.
We're gonna start working up the neck and
to some of these other concepts.
So let's take our middle finger and
let's just slide together from
the D note to the E note.
So I'm just gonna count us in.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
We'll do it again.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And I'm also incorporating a little bit of
vibrato and I think I did that
earlier on some other lessons,
and didn't explain that.
So let me explain that too in this lesson,
cuz it works with slides and
it's also gonna be incorporated when
we do the bends in this next lesson.
So what that is, what I just did
was when I slid up to the E string.
I'm wiggling this string
a little bit to give this effect.
[MUSIC]
And that's just, it's a little,
it's a slight bend and release.
And I'm not doing it a lot
of people when they do this,
they wanna really force that vibrato.
But what it is,
it's just a subtle little movement.
You're just manipulating that string and
it's almost think of it as like
a big wave in the ocean, like a big
swell that's just going like this.
It's not meant to be jerky or
rough or anything like that.
It's just a real slight manipulation
of the string that produces that little
vibrato and we'll get more into that also.
But again, now let's try sliding.
Let's do a couple more of these and
we're gonna slide with each finger.
So we just did the middle,
because that's when your hand
goes up to this first position.
This is a pretty natural slide
with this middle finger.
So let's do another one with
the first finger on the G string.
Let's slide from A to B.
Let's go from the second fret to
the fourth fret with the first finger.
So we're gonna fret the second
fret on the G string and
we're gonna slide up a whole step.
[MUSIC]
So let's do that together.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] Do it again.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] Now what I wanna
do is with the ring finger,
we're gonna slide two whole steps.
We're gonna slide from the D
like what we did earlier.
We're gonna start on the D, but
we're gonna slide up to the F note.
So we're gonna slide up three frets.
So this is gonna be a long slide, so
you start with your ring finger on
the third fret of the B string and
we're gonna slide up three frets.
So to the sixth fret on the B string,
which is an F note.
So that's gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
So do that together with me,
we're gonna start here.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
Let's do
one more time.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And then let's do another one.
We're gonna do one with
the little finger and
what I wanna do here is we're gonna go,
don't worry about going up the neck.
This is just an exercise.
So we're gonna go from the F
note that we just landed on and
we're gonna slide up from the F note up
to the G note with our little finger.
So we're gonna start here and
slide up with our little finger.
So let's start on the sixth fret on
the F note with our little finger and
slide up, then I'll count that in.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
A little bit of vibrato at the end of it
and we'll get more into that too
when we get into the bending.
So the reason I slid up
the neck here up on these
higher frets is because when
you slide up with your pinky,
[SOUND] you're enabling
these other fingers
behind it to be able to do
some fretting back here.
And sliding is a great tool also for
changing positions,
which we'll get into in the intermediate
and more advanced lessons as well.
But just being able to do that
sliding up with that little finger and
keeping these fingers behind it and
close to the finger board,
all these things are kinda
building blocks for
being able to play up to tempo when you
start sliding up into another position.
And as well as even something down here
like we did with just a whole step,
sliding up to that.
That puts us in another position
where these fingers are now covering
from here up to here and then up to here.
So sliding is a great
fundamental to learn.
It's fun.
It adds a new sound, a new technique.
It's efficient.
All these little tricks are kinda
built on efficiency and
speed as well as the sound
that they create also,
because you are getting multiple
notes with one pick a tack.
So that can really increase your speed.
The slides can really,
really help getting up and
down the neck and changing position.
And we'll get into some more advanced
sliding and position changes and
stuff like that, but that's a good
beginning place to start with that.
[MUSIC]