So, what is the function of this technique? Sliding is effective to make the conversion of notes tend to be smoother. Commonly, sliding is implemented in certain genres only like Hawaiian and Country. Well, it is reasonable. The technique itself is firstly introduced in the beginning of 1900. Meanwhile, the sliding tools were started to produce by the music instrument manufacturers around the same time by Mr. B. Bottleneck Slide Guitar. So, how is it to choose the suitable guitar slide? Here they are.
Know the Type of Slide
Commonly, slide is made from glass or metal. Of course, such special slides can only be found in the shops of musical instruments. In the beginning period of slide usage, animal bone was also used in the music concert. One of the famous people who use slide is Fred McDowell from Mississipi. He was also the one who gave suggestions regarding the guitar slide to Bonnie Rait. Meanwhile, knife was also often used when there was no other appropriate stuff. The general principle of slide is actually like this; the heavier slide will be better. Therefore, it is actually not bad to go to the warehouse and look for a kind of tool with pipe-shape. It can be a great slide anyway.
Know the Other Main Principles of Appropriate Slide
Aside from the slide should be heavier, there are also some other principles regarding the best slide while playing guitar. Firstly, the slide should not be easily vibrated so that the sound produced can be better and smoother. Second, if you need to choose one between glass and metal, the glass is slightly better although the price must be more expensive. Glass slide tends to produce clearer sound. On the other hand, the metal one is sometimes quite blurred – although it is not always. Third, slide is more effective to be used on the higher strings than the bass. In other word, the slide should not be used every time you play. Make sure to know whether the song to play really needs string or not.
How to Play the Slide
To play guitar using slide well, more practices are indeed important. There are many cases when some players are fluent enough to play the guitars without slide. But then, when they are asked to use this tool, their way to play is even getting worse. So, it is important for you to follow some following steps.
First of all, use the slide on your left hand. It is by inserting your finger to the hole. Second, make sure that the guitar pushing is not too hard. You should not touch the fret board also. Third, try to play the tone starting from the edge of string to the tremolo. Lastly, the tone can be produced just by swiping the slide to the string. Besides, it can be more than 2 octaves.