Slide Guitar for Beginners - part 4
Lyle: In this lesson you'll get more
practice playing a 3 chord blues, the 1 - 4 - 5. This lesson is in C, so the 3
chords are C - F - G.
Here's a good
look at the chord
Lyle: Remember to lay your
slide right on top of the fret. The sample is something my brother and I just
made up, he's playing the bass.
Lyle: I'm going to show you a few simple slide
riffs and variations to play with this groove in C. Here's the jam track you'll
use for this lesson:
jam track in C
Lyle: Here's the first riff I want you to try.
It's a simple slide and hold/sustain on each chord like
Lyle: Here's a variation of that
Lyle: Those first two riffs should be pretty
easy, just remember to land on top of the target fret.
Lyle: Now I'd like you to try playing a melody
using the C minor blues scale. Try repeating this riff throughout the whole
Lyle: Sometimes its hard to keep the 1st or
2nd strings muted when playing riffs like this. I tend to use my 3rd finger on
my right hand to mute those strings. Here's a video
Lyle: Another good scale to use is the C
mixolydian mode. It's like a C major scale but with a flatted
Lyle: Repeat that riff over and over against
the jam track, it should sound just fine as an exercise just like riff
Lyle: Let's go back to the chords and make
riffs from those. Here's a great riff example:
Lyle: In riff 5 you pick the second string,
slide up to the target tone/fret and keep it ringing as you pick the 3rd string.
Mute the first string with your 3rd finger on your right
Lyle: Riff 6 is a variation of riff 5. Start
your slide on the 4th string, then pick the 3rd string as you reach your target
the two techniques you learned in riffs 5 and 6 and you'll get something like
Lyle: The Lesson Sample is 3 times through the
whole progression. I used riff 5, then riff 3, then riff 7 in that order. Once
you memorize those 3 riffs, try playing along with me in the Lesson Sample or
just use the jam track.
Lyle: If you would like extra study in this or
any topic, you can with customized private lessons with me. Email me at: Lyle@theguitar.net for more info. Thanks,