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from Dave Hamburger’s Slide Shop
This rhythm backup part over a slow blues is based on a sliding 9th chord sound. Remember that the fourth, third, and second string are the same in G tuning as they are in standard tuning. So, grab the third fret on the fourth string, second fret on the third string and ring finger third fret on the second string. There’s your 9th chord at rest. You slide it up a whole step, and then slide it back (it becomes a G6 chord temporarily, but that’ll be our little secret).
Before we even get to the slide up and back, we’re going to slide up and then make a bar at the fifth fret, like we’re doing a C chord. Grab just the fourth and second string with your right thumb and middle finger, and hammer-on to the seventh fret of the fourth string and the sixth fret on the second string. Then back to the 9th, and a slide lick that’s pretty familiar by now: open fifth string, slide third to fourth fret on the fifth string, then open fourth, open third. That’s the little fill in between each chord lick.
The key to phrasing on that chord lick is to hit it once dead on, then hit it and slide up, and then pull it back. Do the same thing at the seventh and eighth fret for C; the tenth fret gets the bar, same slide fill. Now grab a bar with your first finger on the seventh fret of the fourth, third, and second strings, and your ring finger reaches all the way over to the tenth fret on the fourth string. Grab those three notes and hamer-on the middle finger to the eighth fret on the second string, so that we hit it and hamer-on twice, and then hit it once without the middle finger.
Move it down a whole step for C, and do the hammer-on from the C position at the fifth fret. Next, play just the outer strings at the third fret and the C shape at the first fret on the second string and second fret on the fourth string. Then play the open fourth and second string. Slide the fourth and third strings, fifth to seventh fret for the D chord at the end as a little turnaround. That’s the whole thing.
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