How to play slide guitar in standard tuning: essential tips

Slide guitar is something many players have a desire to learn but can be reticent to dive into. This is usually because there’s an unpleasant learning curve — when trying to play slide for the first time, most players produce a sound akin to a crying baby cat with digestive distress. In other words, the sound produced is not appealing at all. But, with attention to detail and mindful practice, one can quickly progress to the point of being able to achieve pleasing results.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.