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Hi

In my quest for new styles I'm looking at trying a bit of slide
Has anyone got one going spare?
Is glass better or metal or Perspex ?

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Rockshop, go and try some for size, they aren't expensive and you'll get one that fits. You won't get a true glass one though. The Dunlop slides are Pyrex, so they don't break when you drop them. I prefer brass, heavy ones but mainly for the weight. Tones are all different.

Another good option is to raid your socket set, I use the imperial ones that I'll never use for anything else. Nice chrome slides :)
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Lol socket set I like it :)
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Out of interest what is the preferred finger to put a slide on?
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Post by hamo »

I'm not really proficient, but I've always used the ring finger. (Ib;jb)

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Whatever finger feels comfortable I guess :)
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I use ring finger because I get greater control, especially with a heavy slide.

Yeah lots of people use sockets :). I've made a few real bottle necks in the past, it's easy enough, but I reckon the quality of the wine I drink doesn't use the best glass ;). And you need a bottle with a longish straight section at the top, pref not screw topped.
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Post by StrummersOfThunder »

Ive got a dunlop one like this
http://az58332.vo.msecnd.net/e88dd2e9ff ... 289129.jpg
and aglass bottle one i made like this
http://www.highroad.org/ericpark/images ... colors.jpg

Both work fine.
For lap steel i prefer the dunlop
For playing a guitar with a strap i like the glass

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You'll need to size one up mate.

I use ring finger but it's what ever feels comfy. I'm crap at it but I do like to mess around with one from time to time.
Try different tunings! open E is great but there are others. You can also wrap a hairband or something around the top fret, this helps between notes, I like it messy myself.

I prefer glass, some of the metal ones are heavy but sound ok, the thinner ones don't seem to sound as good. You can also get ceramic ones, Joe Perry has a signature one which isn't bad.
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I use my little finger so I can still fret behind the slide. Have a piece of brass tube I cut from something in ages past. Actually prefer the sound of pyrex but compared to mine, they all seem so clumsy.
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The glass ones unsurprisingly sound glassier and I prefer them with a neck pu. But for the biggest hugest sustain you can't beat a really heavy socket. Plays hell with the tendons in your fretting hand but sounds monster...

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I use a big black


Ceramic slide, which I really like the sound of. I prefer my ring finger too, more control.
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I was reading a Derek Trucks interview and he just uses a standard Dunlop one, and he pretty much said his signature one is exactly the same apart from being sold as his signature.
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yeah ceramics are awesome, I'm going to get some made next time I'm at the in-laws (they're potters)... not droppable though ;)
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Re: Slide

Post by Vince »

Olderama wrote:Out of interest what is the preferred finger to put a slide on?
I suppose it depends on what you want to do.

Putting the slide on your ring finger means you'll never be able to play 1st position chords. In that case, you might be better off learning to use your pinky for the slide.

But if you want to just do lead or intend to always play open tunings, that might not be a problem.
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