Watch the History and Players online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Focus On: Standard Tuning Slide

Much ink could be and has been spilled on the history and lineage of slide guitar in the blues. We’re essentially concerned with the postwar era, when Muddy Waters and Elmore James were electrifying the country blues sound, and with the techniques of musicians like Duane Allman and Ry Cooder, who developed and expanded the role of electric slide guitar in roots and rock music in the 1960s and ‘70s.