Slide Made Simple: Mastering Slide Guitar | Jayden Friesen | Skillshare

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Slide Made Simple: Mastering Slide Guitar

teacher avatar Jayden Friesen

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Setting Your Guitar Up for Success

    • 4. Shaping Your Tone

    • 5. Tips For Cleaner Slide Playing

    • 6. Playing Chord Shapes

    • 7. Playing in Context Part 1

    • 8. Playing in Context Part 2

    • 9. Conclusion

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About This Class

This class is designed to help students of all levels better grasp slide guitar. Beginning with the proper setup of your guitar, I will help you have an easier time playing slide right from the get go. Once your guitar’s playability is better, I will teach you picking techniques that will allow you to play clean slide without sloppy, unwanted notes. We will then discuss the tone you use under your slide playing, and how it affects your overall sound. Finally, since this course is taught in standard tuning, we will discuss different modes and boxes to play in that will help students open their minds to playing possibilities, while simultaneously simplifying the way slide guitar is played.

If you are just beginning to learn slide or have difficulty playing slide, this class is for you! The suggested skill level is intermediate and above, although most beginners should not have too much difficulty following along. The most advanced content in this class will come down to the actual notes, modes and boxes being played. However, the tips for the actual technique of playing slide is applicable to all skill levels.

Learning to play slide and mastering it is a very daunting task and took me years to understand and develop. This class will help save you time and many frustrating mistakes as I share my experience and knowledge about slide guitar with you. The beauty of what I teach you is that you will gain knowledge and skills that you can transfer to any tuning or genre you desire to play guitar in!

You will need your guitar, a slide, an amp, and a computer with your choice of recording software.

So why should you engage with this class? If you are tired of trying to play slide with minimal progress, or if you have completely given up on slide altogether; let me help reignite that spark and passion for you to play slide again! I truly believe that what you will learn in this course will drastically improve your ability and confidence to play slide exceptionally well. Happy sliding!

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1. Introduction: Hey guys, I'm Jayden from Thrinos music. In this class, I hope to teach you some practical tips and tricks to help you play side faster, easier, and better. You'll learn how to set your guitar for optimum playability. Dialling your tone and play catchy slide parts. I've been playing guitar for over 15 years, and I had been playing slide for about 10 of those years. I typically have played in a church setting. I've also recorded for some smaller projects, for some friends here and there. This class is aimed at intermediate level players and above. It's also necessary to have a basic understanding of recording, as well as having a basic setup so that you can complete the class project. Whether you're a hobbyist, freelancer, or a weekend warrior, this course will prove to be helpful for you and your playing. Outside of what is taught in this class I will equip you to be able to play confidently within whatever genre or style you desire to play. Once you've learned these techniques, playing, slide guitar will no longer be a daunting task that you dread to attempt. Instead, I'm confident that you will absolutely love and enjoy playing slide from now on. Welcome to my class. 2. Class Project: For me, there's no point in learning without application. This brief but simple project will tangibly put the skills you've learned to practice. The first step will be to set your guitar up properly. This will allow you to play easier and complete the rest of the project. We'll play slide, of course, has a guitar players. One of our favorite aspects of playing guitar is tone. The step of the project is fairly easy and is totally subjective. You must use your own ears and judgment to down the tone you think Sue subtract in part C, we'll play over. That's right. You'll be playing over a track I recorded as a primary piece of this project, using the knowledge I've taught you on how to use chord shapes to write parts. I like it here you can pose a risk to play over top of the track. You will then submit your clip to the class project gallery so we can all hear your glorious slide parts. Can't wait to hear it. 3. Setting Your Guitar Up for Success: When I first started playing slide, one of the most difficult things I encountered was the side equivalent of "fretting out." This is when you're trying to play more than one note or chord and some of the notes are not played or just buzz. This is because the size is not evenly making contact with all the strings. The best way to prevent this is to adjust the radius of your strings. The radius is the curvature at what your string sit. The neck on this Strat is 9.5 radius, which is somewhere in the middle, not too curvy, but not that flat either. The higher the number, the flatter the radius and vice versa. A flatter radius will prevent you from fretting out. So when I had this guitar is setup, I had them set the string radius to 14 inches, even though it's a 9 and a half radius. This allows me to play side without having to the angle the side as much. Instead, I can focus on playing. 4. Shaping Your Tone: In this lesson, we'll discuss everyone's favourite word, tone. Now tone is subjective, objective meaning that no one's tone is necessarily right or wrong, everyone must find their own sound. And that's the beauty of playing guitar. So no matter how you sound or play, you will always sound like you. For me, I tend to be into more ambient and spacey kind of tones. This usually means I have a good amount of delay and reverb on, depending on the song and part. So this is my base tone was just a bit of plate reverb, some delay and a little bit overdrive. I like to use this tone as a starting point from which I built my tone. If the part requires more space and ambience, I can add more delay or reverb. So this is a more ambient tone with the same overdrives on playing lighter and a longer washier reverb, and a little bit more delay repeats. If it's more in your face kind of tone, I may want to pull the reverb back and maybe even add more overdrive or distortion. So this is a more aggressive slide tone and it's got plate reverb, the delay is a little bit faster time and some fuzz. 5. Tips For Cleaner Slide Playing: Now that we have our tone dial, then it's time to put to use and actually play. Probably one of the main problems I hear people have when trying to play slide. So they get a lot of unwanted string noise and ghost notes that make their playing sound messy. The best way to clamp you're playing is to learn how to meet your strings. Find the easiest way to do this is by playing side with your fingers. This frees up the fingers. I would otherwise be holding a pig to me, to strings that you don't want to play. As you do still have a pick tucked away. But I'll talk about that in a minute. So first off, the way home I pick is actually kind of between my finger. And I can just tuck it away and plug my strings when I need to. And then I can pull it out to pick 1200 and just tuck it back way, makes it easier to play. So I play, I like to use my thumb and my pinky as a mainstream meters. And that way they can cover the outside strings and like the top. In this way my thumbs and meeting the top two strings there. So when I go to pluck, it's not playing anything except those three middle notes. As my pinky is meeting the bottom string as well. So just these three notes are being played. Quick tip, if you have a tuner inner board and you're playing, you can look down at the tuner and we'll help you get better at hitting your notes more accurately so they're not sharp or flat. So you can look at your tuner. So you slide up senior sharp pullback, neuron pitch. And that'll help you get better at finding exactly where you need to place your slide over the fret. That way, you're always in pitch. 6. Playing Chord Shapes: Now since you know how to play squeaky clean slide, we'll talk about some simple chord shapes that you can use if you're just playing slide as a more supportive role or rhythm guitar role. If you wanna play a G chord, you could play it up here. You hit the G note. B note. And a D note, it's just like playing G chord, you add your slide in and you can play that. Since you have a basic understand the simple chord shapes we discussed, I want to show you how to play off of those chords. You can apply when I'm about to show you to every chord no matter what position it is on the neck. This will allow, you play more single lines that poke out really well in a mix. Starting at the base chord You can play the B note on the B string up to the next fret from B to C This is a quick way of transition from G to C, now since the B note of the G cord is also part of the E minor chord, you can just go from B to C, then back to B, and play the G C Em minor chords. To play a D you could do a few things. You could play the actual note, or you could play an A note, which makes things sound really suspenseful. Now I'll let you hear over G, C, E minor, D chord progression. You can see how much easier it is to just play off of those chord boxes and you just know exactly which notes you can go to. Gives you an idea of what you can play over the fretboard instead of having to guess. And you also knows that A note, give it a bit more interesting sound than just going, although that gives it a different kind of suspense as well. 7. Playing in Context Part 1: Now that you understand the different ways in which you can play a chord progressions, I'll show you how to actually play over chord progressions. Let's stick with the classic G C Em D progression. If I just play this, it works, but it's more dull and a bit boring. But if I play this, it becomes instantly more appealing and draws listener and even more. Finding different positions to play the same chord can make your playing stand out better. If the song is slower and more spacious, playing too much will distract from the song. Whereas if you pull back and play less, but more tasteful notes, you can really add a lot to the song without being distracting. A slower, more ambient song is also where you want to use a tone that will help sustain the lesser amount of notes you're playing, so your notes go further. Adding longer delay and reverb trails will help, but I also suggest making sure you have a compressor and overdrive that will help extend the sustained before it hits the delays and reverbs. Here's an example. 8. Playing in Context Part 2: Now if it's a song that's more upbeat and loud with lots going on, you may want to play more aggressively and with a more in your face kind of tone. Here's another example. Now that you understand which tone to use and the right notes to play, I hope you can play parts that suit the songs you are playing even better. 9. Conclusion: I really hope that all of these lessons have been beneficial to you and that they can help you become the slide player that you've always wanted to become. A few reminders and pointers as I wrap up. Sometimes things need to be tweaked. So if the radius of your strings still seems a bit off, just adjust it to your preference. In regards to tone, I know how much fun the search for tone and trying new gear can be. Remember it only adds so much that cannot make up for your playing. So try to focus more on playing and technique, rather than tone. Think of tone as ingredients to a recipe. All the ingredients taste good on their own, but it's not until you put them together that they truly shine. Your tone is only as good as your playing. Finally, remember to experiment with different note and chord placements. Music is art, so there are no rules. Well, sort of. Finding interesting ways to play over chord progressions will make you stand out instead of following the exact same note chord structure. Be creative, have fun, enjoy sliding around. Thanks for watching my class. Cheers.