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A hands-on look at the staccato stylings of Catfish Collins, Bruno Speight, Jimmy Nolen, and others.

Intermediate

Intermediate

• Learn how to improve your sense of internal time.
• Develop groovy parts in the style of Catfish Collins and David Williams.
• Understand how to fit within a rhythm section.

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The vast amount of research out there on right-hand technique and its application to lead-guitar pyrotechnics over the last 40 years is staggering, and it's a fair wager that observing rhythm guitar to a similar degree would produce interesting finds. However, in my many years as a guitarist I've been surprised by the lack of information available in regard to rhythm playing. Learning my favorite funk and R&B parts got me to a place where I could play rhythm confidently in many different situations, but something always felt a little "off" with the way I was approaching it technically.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Standard Slide
Photo by Andy Ellis

Just because you want to slide, doesn’t mean you need to retune.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to phrase with a slide.
• Develop a better sense of intonation.
• Learn how to emulate the playing of Warren Haynes, George Harrison, and more. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

The history of slide guitar is filled with open tunings. When each note at a given fret is part of the same chord it makes things really simple, but for many of us, retuning every time we want to whip out the slide just isn't practical. The logistics of gigging without a tech handing you pre-tuned guitars each song makes playing a brief slide solo in an open tuning highly impractical.

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