I feel I can play my power chords pretty well and play some rythem. Now I feel I'm ready to move on to the melody. I have Keni Lee Burgess CD4 but feel thats still a little too advanced for me (not really ready for the finger plucking). Is there anything else out there that can help, or does anyone have any pointers for me?

 

The insturment I play is a 3 string, fretless tuned to the common GDg tuning. The action on it is set low enough that I can finger the strings yet still be able to use my slide.

 

Thanks, Dan.

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I reckon a lot of the 'only playing slide' on a fretless gutiar is simply because lots people make them with the action WAY too high. Get the action right and they are easy to play with your fingers as well as a slide, and you get that cool 'nasal' quality to the tone, much like on a fretless bass, and it also becomes feasible to play chords reasonably in tune. Here's my quick take on a classic Cannonball Adderley number..all fingered playing on a fretless, and a few chords thrown in.

http://youtu.be/RKNKM-0gqCY

...nice!

I seldom if ever finger the fret board, so high action is simply the rule for me. I'm a slider who doesn't fret! :)

Check out some of my vids here on the nation and youtube and see if they help.

Also checkout playcigarboxguitar.com

and 

learntoplaycigarboxguitar.com

I only play slide.

Regards

Nigel

WoW! Fine websites!  Thx.

 

I've made several CBG's all 3 string & fretless. They're fun to play, but I'd like to move on to some finger picking. There's discussion on setting the action low. By action I assume you mean the height of the strings from the fret board. The question is how high/low do I set the action?

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