Learn the variety of picking techniques and tunings that Johnson used to craft his timeless, deeply emotional music
Force yourself out of the same old, familiar position-based patterns and into new, uncharted territory
Applying this construct to any improvised solo will automatically force you away from playing familiar licks and standard melodic “shapes.”
It's super useful to familiarize oneself with modal scale positions and patterns and learn how to navigate them with the slide.
Learn some of the tricks and stylings of Howlin' Wolf and Hubert Sumlin, one of the greatest blues guitar tandems of all time.
One of the most challenging aspects of learning slide guitar is developing a consistently pleasing vibrato.
When it comes to spontaneous, improvised phrasing, there is perhaps no better blues-rock guitarist than Eric Clapton.
Learning slide guitar in standard tuning allows you to focus on fret-hand touch and pick-hand articulation without having to re-learn the fretboard and chord forms in an alternate tuning.
Examine the envelope-pushing sounds of some of the essential prog-rock bands of the Sixties/early Seventies era.
Learn how one can apply position shifts in conjunction with the droning technique to broaden the melodic possibilities of a given lick or phrase.
Performing arpeggio patterns in this style poses interesting technical and fingering challenges that have been embraced by guitarists of every ilk.