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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 learn:

Lesson Sample - Lowband - 917k

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:

Looping Jam 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 Lick 1

zachary: That 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 buzzing.
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 12th.

do you prefer glass?

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 Lick 2

Teacher: 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:

Teacher: Here's the jam track:

Looping Jam Track 1b - Lowband

Teacher: 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 & G.

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:

Looping Jam Track 2 - Lowband

Teacher: The next slide lick follows this progression as well.

Part 2 - Slide Lick 1

Teacher: 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 relate:

Teacher: Here's the next rhythm pattern using A, E and then ascending towards the end of the progression::

Teacher: 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:

Looping Jam Track 3 - Lowband

Teacher: You might also notice the E Major Pentatonic lick you play off the E. Here's the pattern:

E Major Pentatonic Pattern

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 Lick 1

Teacher: 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:

Teacher: 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:

Looping Jam Track 4 - Lowband

Teacher: Here's the last lick following the chord structure as well:

Part 4 - Slide Lick 1

Teacher: Well that covers our lesson on the slide guitar style of Bonnie Raitt. I look forward to seeing you next week! Bye!

card: thanks

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