Watch the SECTION 1: Slide Guitar Essentials online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power

In this section we will address all of the essential elements of playing slide guitar, starting with the slide itself, whether to use a slide made of glass, such as a bottle or bottleneck type slide, or metal, such as chrome, steel or brass, or ceramic. Another essential decision is which finger of the fret-hand to wear the slide on: either the middle or ring finger, or the pinkie (though, very occassionally, the index finger has been used). The string action, the height of the strings in relation to the fretboard, is another important aspect of playing slide guitar, as is the choice of string gauges. We will also address proper slide guitar technique, which includes an investigation of proper intonation, right- and left-hand muting techniques, picking with the fingers, the pick or with both (hybrid picking), using a capo, and how to develop proper slide guitar vibrato.