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?

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

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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.

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