Here's the basics for playing slide blues on your three-string cigar box guitar! Shane Speal breaks it down using the Open G (GDG) tuning and a stubby slide. This is where you start! Get them old chugging blues patterns down and you'll be on your way.
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One thing that is driving me totally nuts is every damn time I touch the string with the slide I get an initial buzz.. I try and be exact in my placement and make a definite solid contact but the buzz is still there.. It's only momentarily but it sounds awful..
Eric . if i can offer some tips ..
slide rattle can depend on alot of things .. different people hold a slide at different angles and with different fingers .
even different slides .. if your angle is not flat across ,, you may get rattle on either end string ,, if by nature you cant break the habit of your finger / wrist angle .. try a tapered slide , like a bottle neck .. try it both ways too. taperd back and foward .
some folks also use their trail fingers to mute the strings behind the slide abit .. because you are bound to get some rattle no matter what . ( or palm mute .)
also there is the "approach" to the string , i say "approach" because ; think of the slide as an airplane landing on the string at an angle, and approach the string as such ..this will reduce rattle .
a head on drop is more likely to produce rattle ,
the same with lift off . but dont be afraid of the string approach even on a drop.
bottom line , the more you play , the more you will find out what works best for you .
it will get better .
sit up straight also , that helps . ;-) dont tilt the guitar to see the fret markers , use the side markers .
then again .. some folks let it rattle away and call it "character" ;-)
that works too.
and if all else fails .. you can kill the problem totally with this .
Cheers for the responses guys it's much appreciated.. Been practicing like crazy but still haven't got rid of the issue.. That wind the slide in wool thing is brilliant though, works like a charm.. It would be great to see a little video of how the hand and slide moves as it touches the strings.. I'm sure I'm not alone in having this issue and there is more than likely some little tweak of the hand that just get rid of it once and for all..
i hope you can figure out what works for you , or it just comes naturally to you eventually , Eric . or , just use the wool training wheels till your confidence is up ;-)
Thanks Shane! I'm getting ready to build my first CBG and I'm excited to learn to play it.I'm shure I'll be watching this video a lot!