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Rick Payne, Teacher And Performer

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29 Lessons (53m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Slide

    • 3. Which Finger?

    • 4. Guitars

    • 5. Sound

    • 6. Delta Ex. 1 - 5

    • 7. Delta Ex. 6 - 9

    • 8. Chicago

    • 9. Texas

    • 10. Hawaii

    • 11. Texas 2

    • 12. Beyond Ex. 1 - 4

    • 13. Beyond Ex. 5 - 7

    • 14. Tricks EX. 1 - 5

    • 15. Tricks Ex. 6 - 9

    • 16. Tricks Ex. 10 - 14

    • 17. Spanish Fandango

    • 18. Spanish Fandango Variation

    • 19. Tampa's Blues

    • 20. Kilkenny

    • 21. Hawaiian Study

    • 22. Texas Swing

    • 23. Dobro Study

    • 24. St James Infirmary

    • 25. Martin's Jig

    • 26. Porgy's Blues

    • 27. The Black Mill

    • 28. C7 Blues

    • 29. Open skies Rag


About This Class

I picked up my first bottleneck over thirty years ago. I remember being amazed at the strange and wonderful sounds of Robert Johnson. I didn't have a clue how to work with that tube on my finger or how to deal with the cocophany of noises that came off the strings as I struggled to create my first bit of blues slide. Through all my trials there was something about that sound that stuck with me and years later has become my effect of choice - cheap, no wires, just the best.

My personal journey started with Robert Johnson and the Delta blues players and moved on through Ry Cooder, Bob Brozman, Martin Simpson, David Lindley, Sonny Landreth and many more - all making me more determined to learn this craft. I discovered that although the slide guitar was initially rooted in the blues of the Delta there has developed a huge range of styles and tunings which conjure up more than just the blues. Every new technique or tuning made me reach out and want to play with this wonderful add on. Over the years I've listened, experimented and adapted and will never tire of what Son House called 'The zing'

'This boy, Willie Wilson, had a thing on his finger like a small medicine bottle, and he was zinging it, you know. I said, "Jesus! Wonder what's that he's playing?" I knew that guitars hadn't usually been sounding like that. So I eases up close enough to look and I see what he has on his finger. "Sounds good!" I said. and from there I got the idea and said" I believe I want to play one of them things' Son House

I'm sure you'll have tried some of the basic techniques already but like me want to explore further into the the world of slide guitar. In this course I'll be sharing with you some of the tips, tunings and tricks that will take you from the Delta and beyond and will hopefully, inspire you to journey further.


1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Rick Pain. And thanks for dropping by. You can find out more about me at my website, which is rick pain dot co dot UK on look more music and courses. Meanwhile, beyond the Delta is a course for slack guitar players. We want to January improve their playing and then a little bit more about this style I'll be taking you on a journey from the Delta to Chicago to Texas, toe Hawaii and back again to Texas Onda. Also beyond that, too. There's lots of videos, pdf's and tap to help you along the way. Onda lows of little tips on tunings and extras that will help you. So if you want to seeing a son house once said, then put on that thing and 2. The Slide: So the first thing we're gonna look at is the actual slide itself. What kind of material To use? I've put a little video together so you can see some of the kind of objects which I think is pretty interesting. I give you interesting sounds. Take a look at this one. Okay, so here we've got a bunch of slides that I've been using, and I'm actually used on the course that we're gonna do just to give you an idea of a few things. Um, one of the obvious ones, like 10 for a prefers the the heavy glass slide. This is actually this is actually from a little brandy ball. Very stick. And it's made of real glass That shatters but has a great sound on, uh, one of my favorites. If you want a slightly thin a sound than a thinner glass lights pretty good. These tend to be good if you're using a low action on your guitar and you get less buzzing So it's a thin one on the metal wants to that this is pretty thin. This is again good for electric with with a low action has a different kind of sound maybe it Ross Bia um Samore Riel glass ones. This is from an old cherry bottle. Again. Stick real glasses. Great sound, varying lengths. Long as it fits anything and you feel comfortable. That's anything on one of the specials, like Zagat is an old Nick Lucas lap steel slide. This is a bullet slide. It's got around a tip that you see, which is great for actually pressing into the stream as you played. It's like you actually point the slider strength, and it gets really good sound on that comes up in the course, especially in the door. Perot section, like I do overrides things. Even a light sometimes comes up, just hold it and slide away. And also, those things could be used. Paper cups, nice, anything. Anything that slides those strings, no one slides. 3. Which Finger?: of the great questions. Slide playing is, uh, the which finger to use. Um, I was thought the little finger for me because I can play the slide notes. And also some picking in front of this, like to is a little bit more freedom there for movement in front of the slide also is good on the little finger because you can use the fingers to drag in front of the slight to mute the strings. To stop some of that rattling gives it more of a refined sound. Um, but of course, choice is yours. A lot of great players use it on the third finger. And the second thing when the first finger there aren't really any rules. I did see a photograph of Robert Johnson with his slide on his little finger. Also right here, they're one of the world's finest light plays. Littlefinger service going up for those two guys Good enough for me, uh, again experiment and see what specific 4. Guitars: So the next lecture here is what kind of guitar you might want to use to get a good sandals life. I always think that anything with strings works. Here's a beer can. It's like it's all just three strings, and it's kind of loosely modelled on the old Diddley Bo, the African slide instrument. But really, I just show you some of magnetized that I'm using on the course and just give you a little demonstration on why I think they're pretty good. Okay, so here's his one used on the course. It's a small bodied Hoffner guitar, very thin boxwood, fairly high action. Got it for about £15 in some junction somewhere very bright sound, which is great for Slide on. Here's another one, a similar kind of small bodied guitar again for a cheap. This one's very resonant. Onda definitely takes the place of a steel guitar for me. Sounds very dark to this. Once in C minor tuning, um, also got a high action which helps place like we'll talk about that a little while later on , um, so there we are cheap. Also, I used my trusty dreading all, which is a bigger, faster sound, especially for some of the finger picking stuff, just gives it more of a focus. That folkie sound. Thank you. Okay, one of my favorite guitars for slide playing. It's this converted defending music master with a lap steel pickup fitted where they wouldn't pick up. Would be It's rather unique system. The strings go in between the in between the pickup under this metal gun plates Onda resulting sound gives it a lot of sustain. Also, I used this adjustable nuts, which you can place at the top whether the ordinary not is. It just fits in at the top. That's quite easy to do. Quite easy to pick up as well. You hear this one? I haven't got it plugged in right now. You'll hear it later on in the course under the Hawaiian section and also better Texas swing to, uh, look out for that one. Great gets off Onda. Finally, this one here, another cheap energy box. Um, it's great for resignation. It's good for the dobro type sound. I use this in the dobro part of the course, actually playing on my lap to with adjustable nuts as well. Use this great very jangly sound great. Look out for that one too. So there we go. A few guitars. Uh, don't forget. Really. There's no basic rules. Just what you feel comfortable on the cheap ones I find, um, it's just work on the actual slide technique itself, which will explore more in the course. See you for the next lecture. 5. Sound: hi down there. I just thought I'd give you a few tips on some sound creation techniques. Hopefully, most of you have already will have already tried to Dilbeck slide. But I think some of the rules to remember would be to keep the slide objects. That's pretty straight. You can over the fret keep your keep it at right angles to the if you notice it goes slightly at junior, if you move one way or the other. So be careful for that. Um, also librato, uh, sliding into a note and then brought a ring at the top, which is moving left arrive. Rapid movement just gives it more sustained and more feeling. Also those unwanted noises. You know, Theo rattles on the buzzes that's mostly cured by dragging, say, the first finger second finger in front of the slide as you move, if you take things away, sound tense a bit more rapid, but you might like that. Blind Willie Johnson was definitely rattled. So this kind of personal thing, I think, really, um, trying tranq aim for accuracy in your notes to personal thing, but I'm just work on that. There's lots of exercises coming up from videos to help you to, so just look at your sound 6. Delta Ex. 1 - 5: So let's get started now with our first section. This is a tuning section, and the first lecture, which is centered around the Delta, would be looking at some tunings like G tuning me tuning. Ah, special to players like Charley Patton, son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James on the 99 detail videos coming up, I think also in the resources section, of course, you that there will be some Pdf's, which give you the tab for these particular exercises. So look out for those on Do follow them closely. Enjoy the videos, pay special attention, and I'll see you in the next lecture. We're going to begin our journey with the tunings here with some old Charley Patton riff, Um, in regular tuning. It goes like this, and you could be quite rough with the style because Charley Patton style was pretty strong and heavy. Don't be afraid to his it Onda the second example, Charley Patton. Or if it's a little bit more going going on, you can be rough. Is your light with this as well? Wait, that's, um with first bother that three. There is no slide who was playing with finger, Okay. On another favor tuning Charley Patton. Open a This roof again. Quite heavy and rough. So, Theo, way right hand. Don't be afraid to hit its target with punches. Way There we go. Now we're using another tuning. Just a slight variation from regularly tuning. We just take a G string on Dropped it down half a tone Teoh g So no, I got this one. A minor on one of the old Delta tricks was to mix the minor in the major by just simply putting down the first finger from my now major mixed between sort of light and dark on his ah kind of Skip James riff. And he was famous for using the minor tunings. It goes like this major effect is just achieved by putting that finger down on finishing on the Onda. Now we're in the G tuning classic Delta tuning its bright standing on with this kind of rubber Johnson Referee 7. Delta Ex. 6 - 9: Onda. Now we're in the G tuning classic Delta tuning its bright standing on with this kind of rubber Johnson referee on this classic riff. Keep that finding alone on this great little rift to here. Um, one of my favorite tricks really in G tuning sometimes is to take the low D and unit right down to G, get this sort of ominous bottom notes sounding very low on, then just kind of let it sort of drone in in a riff, whatever you like, because, like this stock, give it a try. 8. Chicago: Okay, We've moved out of the Delta now, and we're into Chicago to look a couple of examples by one of the great slide players. Tampa Red Hey was famous for his d tuning and D tuning tunes. Great style. A couple of examples here, look at the videos. Look at the PDS and the type. Enjoy these two temporary. And here's an example of a typical temple red riff like this. You noticed that that last one of those last night's is was actually played rather than slit. 9. Texas: I again now from where will be last time we were in Chicago. Now we can over to Texas. Andi, look a look closely at this style of Blind Willie Johnson. Great style. Uh, one of the great influences. Ry Cooder on many other slight plays. Take a look at these two videos PDFs I again enjoy on this is a typical blind Willie Johnson riff. Just keep that rough with little or no left hand muting just to keep that typical Delta sound good and still on the blind Willie Johnson theme. Typical high end riffs. That's a play for the vory mournful style. Unless you come here from this six sample now way. 10. Hawaii: Yes, you guessed it. We're now in Hawaii. Moved up to the UAE of some great slight sounds. I'm using this guitar which we talked about earlier on the adjustable nut. Don't forget to try and get hold. One of those gives you a great sound. Lots of great tunings in this particular section. Really makes the slights really makes a slight sound. Great. Watch videos. Andi, enjoy the sun and enjoy this light plane. Now we're into Hawaii with the lap steel sound I'm using my lap steel pickup mounted on my friend of music Master to give me that lap steel sound Also cheating a little bit to raise the strings. I'm using this. Just add Allnut, which you slip over the regular Not very cheap and easy to put on. Um so but playing in a regular position which it feels kind of more comfortable for me, Really. Bonus. But with the rays strings, you can really get this sound. You don't have to work too hard because you don't have any danger of rafting and buzzing with I'm using g tuning Andi thistles. The first rift that we're gonna try to give us Ah, Hawaii sound still in the Hawaiian mode. We're gonna change the G tuning slightly and bring up the D, which was a d up to a which will give us, um g six yuning or a minor seven tuning and again quite a rich ah, wine sound. A little refer. You can try just using those this June. Now, um, another great Hawaiian training really is just regular shooting. But this time taking the A string up to a be sick of you being a being a being and on, you know, you can play some really neat riffs just in regular tuning on the top three strings that raised be gives you an added dimension here with this riff, for example. 11. Texas 2: Okay. Now, where are we go? We've come back to Texas using what am I using? I'm using this guitar. Also, I'm using the little brown one. That's great for dobro sound, Which is 12 yet? Um, great. Great style. This perm idea of playing on your lap Look closely at the videos and see if you can try most of the time you can do the exercise playing in a normal position, but do you give the bullet slide a chance? This little object here watched videos follow through closely. Hope you enjoy this, sir. Lecture s oh, yeah. Buts. Texas and a few great styles. Now we're into the Texas swing with the lap steel sounding guitar Amusing kind of slack key tuning de six. This is Dean, a ding of shop on a natural being on a day which gives us six years. Uh uh. Great for takes A swing riffs this journey. Yeah. Now, as you can see, I'm using a the guitar on my lap Now Onda, using a bullet slight to pick out the notes virtually pointed the notes as you as you play was you know, it's I've got a raise bridge here we should to slip over the real, not just to bring the strings up so you can really dig into the strings you could try to selects. I see it. 1st 1 you can experiment with those kind of things. Meet this smooth. See what you come up with. A lot of the bullets. Like Chris, you can pick on individual strings like this fourth string on, then play the open G string. You can't really do so well when the slide is up in the normal plane position because you actually playing the string in reverse. So it's just like playing this kind of s experiment with those kind of things that way on so and so have fun with that. You can play all these exercises with slide at the normally if you want to try it. Some of those that wish you might find a bit tricky, but do you have a goat is quite fun. Just having a go at the lap steel 12. Beyond Ex. 1 - 4: Okay, So now where? Beyond the Texas Beyond Chicago. Beyond the way it's, it's It's a section ready that I think it just gets describes. A slight sound and different kind of way demonstrates different styles and tunings. Maybe some things you've not rethought before using this delicious C minor tuning, which even blown about in a little while. Also see tuning styles of the great player like Martin Simpson. Ah, a few, you know, off center stars. So enjoy this lecture on pay attention to the videos again. Over gets to keep on looking at the pdf's and reading the text and looking at the tab following through eso. Let's get enjoy the Beyond. So I'm using the dugout tuning, which is D a d G. They You get this kind of motile mix with the blues, which is quite nice so you can get a combination of two feels like with this rule riff here - way . Um, now in C minus shooting that see Jing si g sing on an E flat on the top, making C minor eyes is really low and slack key gives a great effect for slug it out. Wait a minute. Eso slight variations that see tuning with brighten the whole thing up with a toppy now rather than any flat ring. Nice CTO grapefruit kind slide Very bright Sunday. 13. Beyond Ex. 5 - 7: So we're still in C joining but made a few alterations to give us c seven tuning and it goes C g a J on the crucial B flat on see soc seven. Try this Alexis here. Oh, and still in c churning. But a slight alteration again, this time taking the b flat up. It would be natural. So have seen. But C g a b natural on C, which gives us a nice see major seven chord and you get a slice kind of jangly effect. Like this example Here, slide on the second front. If you can see that one of things I like doing with c tuning, that's the C g C g c and then double up on the top string with another. See, to have this kind of double sees. Really, Richard facts for all kinds of tricks. Really like in this riff ear? Wait, wait. It was like sits off Very nice. 14. Tricks EX. 1 - 5: Okay, We're onto the next section now, which is the tricks section? Yes. Um, we're gonna look at playing with two objects on the slide hand. I'm using thimbles. We're gonna dio what we got. We got playing behind the slides. We've got strumming in front of the slide. Also, some harmonics like blame, which is quite nice. Try. This'll is important. Now when you're looking at the pdf, so do do read the text on Do follow the type closely Some of the techniques of quite tricky , but well worth having a laugh with Andi having having fun experimenting, Um, a few tricks And maybe you can come up with some of your own to the thimble. Slight thing. Could be a bit of a joke, but I didn't use it just for fun, but it's still cool. Enjoy this section and look at the videos as they come up. So, first we're onto our one of our first tricks here with the thimble trick finger on the first finger and a member on the little finger. This neighbor just played all sorts of funny thing. We're gonna try this. First of all, it goes like this, and you can speed up under all kinds of things without one on once again with the thin bulls are higher. If this time, um, slowly festival like this and then try speeding up on the two sly trick works work well with the harmony, different strings. Something like this, For example, you can go up, Teoh down. Yeah. So I just showed you a few tricks you could do with Thimble slider. Don't forget, with these two fingers here, you can zip around with single knows as well. So you can try any sort of things. Like little scales, for example thing. So just experiment. See what you can do in that? Yeah. Now I'm gonna try these playing behind the slide with the slide on saying this X I say the fifth box on the finger behind you. Create this effect on I'm using a lighter metal slight there because just a life touching doesn't streams too much. 15. Tricks Ex. 6 - 9: on with these larger called movements here. So moving up to the A, this is an open each training course on, then dropping down. Try creating some courts there with with the finger behind the slide on this one. Here. This is some using seventh, cause I'm using a heavy glass slide this time. Just give me some weight on the bottom string. So when I take that beep B position, Yeah, waiting. Putting first finger on that fifth position there here, Which is on some kind of trick, this time on those strings once again with a slightly lighter, slightest knees off the pressure on this population of notes and slide. So you got them the a seven on, Uh, finally, these couldn't works quite well. The strict with a floozy affected it. Here we go. Way. No. So they have a just, ERM experiment with weight to the slide. They often helped just to stop some of the buzzing on those playing behind the slide with 16. Tricks Ex. 10 - 14: okay. And this kind of treat, we're gonna try some strumming behind the slide. So we put our slide on 12th fret, And instead of traditionally playing in front of the slide, you're gonna bring our hand forward and play behind the slightest side. So really sound like this? Yeah, kind of very airy. I'm with rapid strumming stone. Okay, What we're gonna do now is try some artificial harmonics with slide. But first, will you really need Teoh? Learn how to the artificial harmonic. If you're not sure to do that, If you put your first finger, say in the fifth box and then take your first finger of your pigging out to the 17 threat and lightly touch above the threat and pick behind the finger you create an artificial harmonic as opposed to, say, natural dio with slide. If you get ready with the harmonic and then off you go. So So try and pick quite loudly if you can t o on. The same kind of technique can be used with ease Arpeggios again, taking the your artificial homework up with 17 fret, placing a slight down on the fifth position and then rolling around like this as you can see on the tab. One interesting fact is it is So try that artificial home on it with this Delta Blues riff makes quite a nice ending, I think. 17. Spanish Fandango: okay, I hope you've enjoyed all the tips and the tunings and the tricks. Now it's time to put some of those things into practice with our study. Junes on the first study tomb we gotta look at is a piece called Spanish Fandango. It's an interesting June. It's in G tuning. Andi gave rise to the nickname Spanish tuning in the early 19 twenties, when the Delta players picked up on this old parlor tune. Written, especially figures are called Spanish Fandango. Um, have a go on past pay special attention to the Tabas. Usual on I enjoy the Peace with Way . 18. Spanish Fandango Variation: good are next on the list is a slight variation to that first tune, Spanish Fandango. This time I'm using an alternating base just to give you an idea of how maybe a Delta Ragtime Blues version of the Spanish and I go Oh, my God. So enjoy this. 12 Here we go. 19. Tampa's Blues: good. If you ready for another one Now, please try. This one is called tampers Blues on its a further study of the time for red style that we looked at earlier in de tuning on, kind of loosely based on a piece of his called The Denver Blues. You could try this one. Any Chewning gives it a slightly brighter sound and perhaps a little more similar to temporary its national steel sound that he achieved, um, pay special attention to tap once again on the way. 20. Kilkenny: Kilkenny is one of the first tunes I composed on the slide guitar. Using D tuning, I found Do Tuning was really good for creating melodies on the top string on the top D string, especially these kind of mournful Losey Irish airs, you know, famous by Martin Simpson. People like that, Um, it's a tune that I've got on. One of my CDs is called Blue River Blues. Did a version of the Kilkenny on that one, so please check it out. Meanwhile, is Kilkenny? 21. Hawaiian Study: Okay. Thier one study is in g. Tuning with the top de up to a fun little piece gives you more chance to practice this Hawaiian style. I find it really fun to play. Don't forget the adjustable. Not put. You should put on top that easy. Quite short. So enjoy this one. 22. Texas Swing : Yes. Now Texas swing, using the same guitar on a bit of the influence on the wine star that we learned earlier. This Texas swing typical of the Western swing slide sound in the thirties forties. Again, simple piece to play. Look at the tap, follow through on and get in some Western swing. Here we go, Texas, Texas play. 23. Dobro Study: and now on to the doctor. A study playing this one, of course, on my lap Do give it a go is a little tricky, but I think it's worth having a try if you find it too difficult than just play it in the normal position. It kind of works both for its Really, Um, it's in high G, tuning like the old banjo tuning, giving it that bright country sound that typical of the dog broke, so does serve a role it. 24. St James Infirmary: So I'm now, uh, with So now we're doings And James Infirmary? Um, that's in d minor tuning on. I was thought the d minor tuning really suited this mournful blues chain on does that? There's lots of other tunes you could play using this tuning. So see if you can experiment and come up with some of your own ones using this class. Tickets are great sound, so send James Infirmary way. 25. Martin's Jig: Martin's jiggers in the kind of quirky see tuning, and it gives you idea of style that he plays using the sea training with an alternating base on giving it a kind of Celtic jig or Celtic riel flavor. Um, quite easy to play. Hope you enjoy this one. 26. Porgy's Blues: Okay, this is Ah, Porky's Blue using this wonderful C minor tuning that you love so much. It's a great adaptation off Summertime gives you the chance to experiment on some improvising melodies for the chain. Um, you can hear again this one on one of my albums We River Blues, Porky's Blues to take a listen to that. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy it. Look at the type Andi. Let's Rolls Porky's Blues Way . 27. The Black Mill: on this study tune is called The Black Mill, and it uses Dad Got Tuning. It's a great traditional piece, and it's fun to play with Slide Rover than an ordinary cotton finger style way. So give this one a go them the blackmail way. 28. C7 Blues: I found the C seven tuning by accident, Onda discovered that it's really good for playing some kind of quirky blues sounds on the slide guitar without using the typical Delta tunings like G tuning or D tuning and each Yuning. Every time you put this light down on a certain position, you get that instant blues sound. So it's something definitely worth experimenting with on I put this little tune together. See seven blues Just to give you an idea of the kind of thing that you can achieve, I enjoy this one, Teoh. 29. Open skies Rag: Hello again. The last tune Open skies rag. Uh, this uses the tuning seem a to seven tuning which, like the c seven tuning previously kind of find it by accident. But again, it creates this beautiful poppy kind of jazzy slide Sound quite well, accident. Really. Um, I put together this little composition called Open Skies. It's originally from one of my tracks on an album called Radio City Blues, which I did. You can listen to the song as well as the style of slight playing on that too. So finally, last attitude. This is open skies Rag way, - way .