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April 17, 2013

Guitar Slides and Slide Licks

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Slides are one of the easier guitar techniques to play
and one of the coolest! In this lesson, learn how to play a slide
in a guitar lick!

  1. Begin each slide from the 1st fret
  2. Quickly slide your finger up to the fret # specified
  3. Be sure to keep the pressure on the guitar string
    as you slide
  4. The whole left hand should move when you slide
    the finger
  5. Let the note that you slide to ring for 1 to 2
  6. Some of these slides are 2 frets long, others
    are just 1 fret
  7. Practice the E blues slide notes first,
    then each guitar lick

E Blues Slide Notes

See the slide technique written in guitar tab and standard notation

Slide Lick 1 Slide Lick 2
Read guitar lick 1 in standard and tab notation
Read guitar lick 2 in standard and tab notation
  • Practice the slide notes before you start practicing
    the guitar licks!
  • Practice each lick 3 times in a row (keep a steady beat)
  • Practice each lick 3 times in a row with the metronome
  • Write out a slide lick with quarter notes and half notes.
  • Then write out a slide lick using eighth notes, quarter
    notes, and half notes
  • After writing a couple of licks, try creating some on
    the spot. Count the rhythm out loud as you play.
  • Make sure your licks are 4 beats long

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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