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Howlin' Wolf

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    The Killing Floor
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    The blues, the blues, the blues.
  1. Yeah, whatever happened to that guy? He sure knew the blues.
  2. I do recommend muting with the finger that's on the headstock side of the slide. Otherwise, you can sound a simultaneous unwanted note on that side of the slide which will slide up as you slide down and vice versa. Not a pleasing effect. You only need a light touch, though, no need to press down with that finger; wonder if that might be where you are going wrong . . .
  3. Yeah, whatever happened to that guy? He sure knew the blues. I'm also a slide guy, here's my top 10 tips: 1. Glass. 2. Glass. 3. Fingerpick. Throw the pick away, you'll only end up with unwanted notes. Sloppy slide sounds great on chord type stuff like Traveling Riverside and IMTOD, but if you want to play solos, you'll need to mute to articulate clearly. Use your picking hand thumb and fingers to mute the strings that you don't want to ring. This is the ONLY way that you can make slide in standard tuning sound good, BTW. 4. Glass. 5. Listen to Duane Allman as much as possible. He is the Jimi Hendrix of slide. Everyone has their favorites, but like Jimi, Duane expanded the limits of slide to places that people never dreamed were capable of. 6. Glass. 7. Work on placing the slide directly above the fret. Standard guitar playing puts us in the habit of playing just behind the fret, but doing so playing slide will put you out of tune. Duane Allman occasionally played out of tune on purpose, such as in his amazing solo at the end of the first section of Layla. But you aren't Duane, and if you don't work on staying in tune you will sound like shit. Warren Haynes suggests imagining there is a laser in your slide finger guiding you onto the fret, something I've found quite helpful. 8. How many times do I have to say it? Glass, glass, glass. The list of great slide players who use glass is far more impressive than the list that doesn't. If sounding like Jimmy is your only ambition, by all means, stick with your chrome slide. But if you want to sound like Duane, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, Mick Taylor, etc. use glass. Glass has better sustain, warmer tone, and better weight for vibrato. Metal has a raspy sound that makes a nice change, and there are few players who really make it work (Johnny Winter, Ron Wood, and especially Lowell George, who used a Craftsmen Socket(!)) But at the end of the day, if you are serious about becoming a slide player it is all about glass. And yes Ev, I own dozens of slides and nothing is as good as my official Duane Allman Coricidan bottle. In Duane we trust. 9. Work on your vibratto. Varying both speed and the width of your vibratto will give you a wider range of sounds to work with. Warren suggests jiggling your whole forearm loosely like you are wiggling a bowl of jello. 10. We all start out wanting to replicate the gear of our heroes, but I suggest being open minded and trying every slide you can get your hands on. Everyone likes to buy gear, and slides are a cheap buy that is a lot of fun. Experiment and find what works for you. Of course, if you ask me, such experimentation inevitably leads to GLASS, bitches. But don't take my word for it, find what works for you! Here endeth the lesson.
  4. For me, it's the medley. How many one of a kind cover versions are there?
  5. Jimmy's 12 string solo in BLue Train is worth the price of admission alone, you haters.
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