Watch the Basic Muddy online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from 30 Beginner Slide Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Muddy Waters was one of the most important and influential blues musicians ever, and along with his great contributions as a songwriter and singer, he was also a very expressive and influential slide guitarist. In fact, Muddy devised a few intro licks using the slide that have become affectionately known as "Muddy licks."
Here's one of the most basic and essential Muddy licks: on beats one and two, I begin with a slide up to a high E note at the 12th fret, after which the note is picked again without moving the slide. In other words, the first E note is sounding by sliding up to it, and the second E note is sounded with no slide movement at all. On beats three and four, three evenly spaced notes are sounded as the slide moves between the 12th and 10th frets on the top two string, with the phrase ending with notes on the third and fourth strings that are sounded at the 12th fret. Notice in particular that some of the notes are sounded with a glissando (a slide) up to the note, while other notes are sounded "plain" (with no glissando). This lick affords one the opportunity to practice both techniques.