Let’s get started! In this lesson you’ll learn about the gear you need in order to play slide.
This class is all in standard tuning, E A D G B E.
Which slide should you buy?
The best thing you can do is try a few slides at a guitar store. You need to find a slide that fits your hand, so spend some time testing a few different options.
Ariel usually plays with his slide on his pinky, but some of his favorite artists use their ring finger. There’s no right or wrong method. For this class, you can use your middle, ring, or pinky finger—just make sure it feels comfortable.
Ariel uses his brass signature Rock Slide.
What type of slide is best?
The type of slide you choose is totally up to you! Brass slides like the one Ariel uses tend to be brighter, while glass and ceramic slides are warmer. Try out a few options options and see which sounds best to you.
Guitar setup tips
It’s super important to set your guitar up correctly for slide guitar.
Ariel recommends dedicating a guitar to slide by giving it a higher action and thicker (11-54) strings. Ariel uses 12-56s gauge strings on his guitar. Take your guitar to a technician (or set it up yourself) to get the action to a height where you can use both your slide and your fingers.
Some guitarists use a compressor pedal so their slide notes ring out a bit more. You don’t have to use one though,that’s up to you. (Ariel doesn’t.)
- Get a slide that fits your finger
- Use a guitar with higher action
- Use thicker strings
Now that you’re set up, let’s get started with basic techniques in the next lesson.