Slide Guitar Lesson Guide

Here’s my step by step curriculum that I have developed for students who want to take their blues guitar playing to the next level.

My lessons about learning Slide Guitar start with the understanding that you have no idea what to play with a slide. They do assume that you have some musical knowledge like what strings, frets, scales, chords, and the guitar basics are. Put simply, these courses are geared for players who have been playing for at least a year or two.

Step 1

Your first step when deciding to learn slide guitar is what tuning to use. I offer courses in 3 different tunings.

Open E
Open G

If you’re not sure which one to start with, read a description below about what each tuning sounds like. I would recommend that whatever artist you like the most, pick that tuning to start learning slide with. Duane Allman, Derek Trucks? Choose Open E. Warren Haynes? Choose Standard

Step 2

Pick any of the 3 courses below to get started with slide guitar.

open-e-tuning-slideOpen E Tuning Slide Guitar – If you want to learn how to play like Duane Allman and Derek Trucks, then this is the course for you. A lot of the techniques these guys use are taught in this course. If you go through this course and practice, you will be able to understand what they’re doing. However, it will take some practice to achieve the same kind of sound that they get.

open-g-wideeOpen G Tuning Slide Guitar – This is more of a country blues type course, but it also has a little bit more of a rhythm aspect to it. I find myself playing Open G a lot lately and in my opinion it’s a little easier to pick up than Open E. Think Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder, and Lowell George. Also contains some roundneck dobro lessons.

standard-slide-wideStandard Tuning Slide – This course will teach you how to play slide in standard tuning. I played slide in this tuning for many years before ever using open tunings. In my opinion, standard tuning is the most difficult to learn due to the amount of muting you must do. In a way it’s kind of good, because if you can play slide in standard tuning, then you will probably do really well in open tunings because of the technique that you have to develop. These lessons are in the style of Warren Haynes and the Allman Brothers.