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I'm trying to play a song with lots of slides (Honky Tonk Women) and I found myself incapable of producing a convincing sound out of them. Sometimes I don't stop sliding exactly at the fret I'm suppose to (sometimes I stop before, sometimes after), many times my finger kind of "roll over" the string while sliding.

What is the correct technique? What are some good exercises to improve it?

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    Practice more. Start slow. Repeat until correct, then speed up. – Carl Witthoft Mar 30 '17 at 12:10
  • never heard of this method, gotta try it – user36102 Mar 30 '17 at 19:14
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Practice the slides in isolation.

Use each finger and practice them on each string, sliding 1 fret, 2 frets, 3 frets and then large slides of 10 frets.

Make the slides slow at first ensuring they sound smooth and there is no break in sound.

Practicing like this is a great way to focus on those weaker areas.

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I don't think there is a 'correct' or 'wrong' way to slides. As with all techniques, practice makes perfect. Given enough time you'll be able to do 12-fret slides accurately. There's little limitation to how good you can get with practice. Honkey Tonk Women has nothing compared to, say, some Polyphia songs.

You might want to make up some exercises using various fingers and intervals to slide across. For example, on high E sliding up for x frets, sliding up then down for x frets, x up and y down. You can tie it to any melodic line or a lick so you can get used to fluently transitioning from picking to sliding. Use a metronome, of course.

  • I've seen a video lately were a guy suggested to use the thumb as pivot in order to improve accuracy, is this the recommended way to slide indeed? – user36102 Mar 30 '17 at 19:16
  • @mahatma I've never pivoted or anchored my thumb-, the way I hold the neck barely changes. Accuracy and speed come with practice, there is no way around that. You won't get it right after trying it for the first time, might take several hours or days of practice until you feel comfortable sliding all your notes. – vlg Mar 30 '17 at 20:20

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