Lee Roy Parnell is widely respected as an extraordinary electric slide guitar player as well as "a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul, and Southern rock traditions.” Lee Roy reveals his signature electric slide guitar approaches and techniques in Slide Guitar Slinger.
”I was drawn to slide guitar because of its melodic, vocal-like quality. Done right, you can create unique, expressive melodies and solos simply not possible with any other technique. In this course, I’ll show you 13 concepts and techniques that are signature to my sound, and then we’ll work through 6 soulful slide performance studies.”
Gibson honored Parnell with the creation of the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop guitar and he has toured/collaborated with many music legends including The Allman Brothers Band, Merle Haggard, Delbert McClinton, and Bonnie Raitt.
In 2011, Parnell was presented with his most cherished honor: being inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. We’re thrilled to welcome Lee Roy to the family with his first TrueFire course, Slide Guitar Slinger!
Lee Roy organized Slide Guitar Slinger into two sections. In the first section, Lee Roy guides you through 13 key concepts and techniques: The Slide, Vocal-like Phrasing & Expression, Open E & D Tuning & Box Shapes, Open A & G Tuning & Box Shapes, Right Hand Approach & Muting, Slide Vibrato: Shakes & Whips, Open Strings & Pedal Points, Tonal Qualities & Note Choices, Building Solos & Themes, Guitar Setup & String Gauges, West Coast Influences, and Tones & Gear Talk.
In the second section, Lee Roy presents 6 Electric Slide Performance Studies, which he first performs and then breaks down emphasizing the concepts and techniques that he covered in the first section.
Straight 8th Groove in A - ”In this first performance study, we're going to talk about how to approach a 12-bar blues. This is very important to know how to do, as it's hard to move one without getting down. This is a straight 8th's rock-blues groove. We're going to go through it twice, where I'll be showing you how to get to the IV chord, to the V chord, and back home.”
G Blues Shuffle - ”On this next study, we're going to be tackling the blues shuffle. We're in the key of G, and it's reminiscent of the 30's bluesman like Lonnie Johnson — but as you'll see, things haven't changed that much. It's simple, straight-ahead, but there are a couple tricky things in there too.”
E Slow Blues - ”This performance study is a slow blues in the key of E, very reminiscent of the Chicago blues that came out of the area in the 50's and 60's. Bluesman came up from Mississippi playing acoustic guitar, and when they got to Chicago the crowds were bigger, so they switched to electric guitar. The intro here is something that Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, or Elmore James might play.”
The Road Jam in G - ”This next study is based on my solo from my song "On the Road". It's in open G and utilizes some of what I call the ‘west coast style’. It'll give you an idea of what it takes to construct a solo with an intro and an outro.”
Ry Style Etude in E - ”This next piece is inspired by one of my heroes, Ry Cooder, who also inspired Duane Allman, another hero of mine. It's in the style of the classic west coast "bop-till-you-drop" era of Ry Cooder's recordings.”
Holding Jam in A - ”This last performance study is in open A tuning, again in more of the ‘west coast’ sound. It's very melodic and follows the melody of the song, which is a very effective approach.”
Lee Roy will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the Performance Studies. Plus, Lee Roy includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own. In addition, you’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar and let’s get slidin’ with Lee Roy Parnell!