30 Beginner Slide Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know
The vocal-like, expressive qualities of slide guitar is why so many blues masters have dedicated the time to learn the technique and build a vocabulary of tasty slide licks to spice their music with.
Robert Johnson, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Sonny Landreth, Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Healey, and Keb' Mo' are just a few examples of blues pioneers and masters who have a solid slide technique and their own signature slide styling.
Andy Aledort’s 30 Beginner Slide Blues Licks is your rite of passage for blues slide guitar. Whether you’ve been playing for years or just starting out, these 30 slide licks will jump start your slide chops and vocabulary.
”The sound of slide guitar is integral to blues music. It’s also the most effective way to emulate the human voice on the instrument offering an extensive range of tones and sounds that are otherwise unattainable. I’ve hand-picked 30 easily accessible slide blues licks, demonstrated in three essential tunings, which will lay the perfect foundation for a deeper understanding of the art of slide guitar.”
Andy demonstrates all of the licks over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down note-by-note showing you the techniques you’ll need to get a grip on to play them correctly.
”We’ll start off simple building your basic slide technique. From there we’ll dig into some of the microtonal qualities that the slide offers. We’ll take explore the sound of Chicago-style slide guitar, learn some greasy deep-shuffle sounds of Texas slide, work on some Robert Johnson inspired sounds, and also examine the connection between slide guitar and the Chicago blues harmonica sounds of Little Walter and George “Harmonica” Smith. We’ll explore some of the intricacies of emulating an open tuning when playing slide in standard tuning and dig into the sounds of West Memphis style blues.”
All of the licks are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Andy generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar, pop that slide on your finger, and let’s learn how to play the slide with Andy Aledort!