5

I'm very new to slide guitar playing, so this might sound like a stupid question. But I'm trying to learn this "Georgia on my mind" cover on a slide guitar, and I ran into a doubt.

Sometimes, like on 0:24s and on 0:28s he seems to press on a fret that stands before the slide, which I didn't think would do anything (I thought I was missing something, otherwise why would he press the frets?). But while I was playing around trying to figure this part out, I realized that pressing a fret before the slide actually works because the bottleneck is only slightly touching the strings, so when you press the fret it goes a bit down and stops touching the slide.

Is that what he really does there? Or is there something I'm missing?

1
  • 1
    that is exactly what he is doing Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 7:55

1 Answer 1

4

Fretting a note before the slide bends that string down - and that means the slide doesn't touch it. It's a fairly common technique, especially if you play slide in an open tuning.

Let's say you're tuned to open E (E-B-E-G#-B-E). You can easily get an A major chord by placing the slide at the fifth fret, where the notes are A-E-A-C#-E-A. But if you want to get an A minor chord you'll have to lower the one C# to C.

Fretting that string at the fourth fret, behind the slide, does the trick.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.