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Watch the Slide Simple online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from 30 Beginner Slide Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know

This very simple lick will introduce to you the elements of fret and pick hand techniques that are necessary to produce a good sound when playing single notes with the slide.

In this lick, a single note is sounded with the slide on each of the four downbeats in each bar. The note sounded on beats one, two, and three is an E note, located at the 12th fret of the first string. The slide is positioned just below the 12th fret when the string is picked, and then the slide moves up to the 12th fret so a properly intonated E note is sounded on these beats. For beat four, the slide is at first positioned at the 12th fret, and is pulled back to the 10th fret on the downbeat of beat four, sounding a D note, one whole step lower than E. This simple lick will provide the opportunity to practice sliding up to and down to specific notes with the slide, with an ear attuned to sounding these notes perfectly in tune.