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Teacher: Welcome class to our lesson on
Contemporary Blues Slide Legends, this lesson features the style of Bonnie Raitt.
Bonnie has a unique approach to the slide guitar, featuring melodic slide licks
that usually follow the lyric melody and chord changes. There are many rhythm
parts that you won't need a slide, but the licks are all use a slide. You
can check out the lesson sample of what you are going to
Lesson Sample -
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Lesson Sample - Highband - 3 Meg
Teacher: Let's jump into the first rhythm
progression based in A:
Teacher: This rhythm
has kind of a ZZ Top feel to it, you start by playing in A, and use your 4th
finger to play the 3rd and 4th string s- 5th fret, and then the 3rd finger on
the 4th fret using the same strings. Notice the hammer-on uses the 2nd and
3rd fingers on the 5th string (A) . Here's the jam track:
Track 1 - Lowband
Teacher: I also like
to point out how you use the 4th finger to play the higher notes on the 1st and
2nd strings. Let's try our first slide lick:
Part 1 - Slide
has an Allman Brothers vibe to it.
Teacher: Yes it does, Duane Allman had a major
influence on many contemporary slide guitarists. There are a few tips for playing slide,
1. To get the proper intonation, play
directly over the frets.
2. Make good contact with the string, but do not
press the string to the fretboard.
3. You can use your 3rd or 4th finger to
hold the slide.
4. Use you 1st or 2nd finger to mute the string from
5. Try sliding into or away a whole-step + from a note to create a
nice slide effect.
Teacher: The last lick basically uses the A scale
on various positions of the neck notice you start in the 12ts fret position,
move to the 7th, then to the 5th to 2nd and back to the
Rich: do you prefer
Teacher: Rich, yes I like the glass because it
produces a tone more like the older blues players who used old bottlenecks.
Let's jump to the next lick:
Part 1 - Slide
This lick continues in the A scale in the 5th to 2nd fret position. Bonnie
Raitt will use licks that jump from a higher position to a lower one like this.
Now the progression shifts to playing F, D and C:
Here's the jam track:
Looping Jam Track 1b - Lowband
Now you can follow the slide licks as the progressions change, try this next
lick over the jam track.
Part 1b - Slide Lick 2
Teacher: Notice how
you play the intervals over the rhythm track. You start by using the F5, D5, C5
and back to the D5 intervals. Let's jump to our next progression using D, C
Teacher: This is a
common blues progression starting with the D5 to D6, then to C5 to C6 and
resolving to G5 to G6. Here's the jam
Track 2 - Lowband
The next slide lick follows this progression as well.
Part 2 - Slide
This lick uses portions of the D Major scale, I highlighted a few notes of the
scale pattern to give you an idea of how the lick and scale
Teacher: Here's the
next rhythm pattern using A, E and then ascending towards the end of the
You're basically playing the A5 to A6 (I) and to the E5 to E6 (V), towards the
end you play F#, G, C and D. Here's the jam track:
Track 3 - Lowband
You might also notice the E Major Pentatonic lick you play off the E. Here's the
E Major Pentatonic
Teacher: Now you can shift the
slide licks over this progression as well, here's a few licks starting past the
12th fret of the neck.
Part 3 - Slide
I showed the chord structure in the tab, this will help you visualize how the
licks adjust to the chords. Here's the last rhythm using F to C, F to Bb
and then to F, C. Dm & Bb:
Notice in the F chord you first play the root note on the 6th string and then
play the higher notes of the chord on the 3rd and 4th strings. The rest of the
chords are played as basic barre chords. Here's the jam
Track 4 - Lowband
Here's the last lick following the chord structure as
Part 4 - Slide
Well that covers our lesson on the slide guitar style of Bonnie Raitt. I look
forward to seeing you next week! Bye!
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