From its primitive beginnings to its maturity in the age of rock’n’roll, slide guitar has given the guitar player a voice that extends the emotional range of the instrument. The slide allows the guitarist to find the notes between notes—those places between the frets where the slippery quality of human emotion runs. The slide can make strings growl or whimper; it can be bold and menacing, or quiet and sympathetic.

From Duane Allman to Bonnie Raitt to Alvin Youngblood Hart, the best guitarists have found the bottleneck slide to be one of the more valuable tools in their artistic kitbags. In this lesson, you will learn how to use this tool in your own music, playing slide lines in standard tuning and applying what you learn to play a solo over a slow blues in the key of E.

TAB and notation for this lesson is available here: