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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• Develop a more fluid jazz time-feel by using hammer-ons and pull-offs.
• Create flowing, legato-based lines.
• Understand how to navigate tricky harmonic passages.

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John Coltrane was a titan of jazz saxophone and an improvisor of unparalleled genius. Every jazz musician since has had to confront his instrumental prowess and musical legacy. In this lesson, we'll relate elements of his improvisational material to the guitar. His note choices are frequently addressed and much of his music is available in transcriptions, but authentic phrasing is not often attempted by guitarists. After all, jazz isn't just about what you say, it's how you say it.

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