How to play slide guitar solos in open E tuning

Man playing slide guitar
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Slide guitar is a technique that just about every guitar player I’ve ever known has been fascinated by. Unlike the sounds that are created by fretting notes conventionally, with the fingers, a hard, smooth object, called a slide, is instead pressed against the strings.

As with conventional fretting, shortening or lengthening the distance between the slide and the guitar’s bridge will make the notes sound either higher or lower in pitch. 

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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.