From its primitive beginnings to its maturity in the age of rock ‘n’ roll, slide guitar has provided the guitar gamer a voice that extends the emotional variety of the instrument. The slide enables the guitar player to find the notes in between notes– those places in between the worries where the slippery quality of human feeling runs. The slide can make strings growl or whimper; it can be strong and menacing, or peaceful and sympathetic.

From Duane Allman to Bonnie Raitt to Alvin Youngblood Hart, the finest guitar players have discovered the bottleneck slide to be one of the better tools in their creative kitbags. In this lesson, you will find out how to utilize this tool in your own music, playing slide lines in standard tuning and using what you learn to play a solo over a slow blues in the key of E.

TAB and notation for this lesson is offered here: