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Watch the Creative Slide Guidebook online guitar lesson by BJ Baartmans from Creative Slide Guidebook

Hi, I'm BJ Baartmans, and welcome to the Creative Slide Guidebook. In this course, we'll look at the slide not as much from the traditional blues or Hawaiian approach, but more as a tool to add color and depth to all kinds of musical styles. There's some rock, jazz, soul, pop, and country stuff you can find in this course, and some good ol' blues too.

We'll look at how you can use the slide on a guitar that's in regular tuning, in more or less a normal set up. We'll also work on the technical side of it to make that sound good. We'll get into things such as picking techniques, palm and string muting, vibrato, and sliding. And then, we'll work on how that all translates to a guitar that's more typically set up for slide playing, tuned to an open chord.

Digging our way through this material, we'll also get into the more advanced musical side of it. We'll go deeper into outlining chord progressions and handling things like modulation, complex chords, major to minor shifts, and extended harmonies. And, we'll learn to "read the neck" in a not so familiar tuning and how the slide fits in.

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