Matt Smith Gives A Killer Slide Guitar Lesson – Part 1



hi I'm Matt Smith I'm gonna talk a little bit about slide guitar I've been playing slide guitar since I was a kid because to me it's the most human noise you could possibly make with a guitar it's it's also a truly American style that's that's really something that's wonderful to do and can help add another tool to your arsenal of tricks what I'm gonna do here is I'm in D tuning D tuning basically you have from the six string to the fifth string the six string is tuned down to D fifth string stated a third fourth string stays at Dien the third string is tuned down to F sharp and then the second string is tuned down to be the first train is ten two down to a which you can do with your new Planet Waves chromatic tuner which you should be having okay basically what I'm gonna do is teach a little bit about slide guitar and slide guitar basically I use my third finger bonnie raitt Lowell George use the second finger some people even use the first finger some people use their pinky and if your hound dog Taylor you have an extra finger over here and he used that one so but right now for the rest of us I use my third finger I don't like the slide to go past the knuckle in the sequence playing slide guitar when you're playing it just keep your slide straight parallel to the frets what happens your hand tends to want to do this but what you want to do is keep the slide straight so the first thing I would have you do I usually keep my thumb squarely on the back of the neck and then the slide completely parallel to the frets now you want to practice bringing it up and down the neck keeping it parallel to the fret so that you don't have any of this because when you're tuned to an open chord like this it makes it real easy to play slide and the other secret of slide guitar is right hand muting technique so the right hand muting technique is is this basically you'll notice most slide guitar players play with their index finger the reason they do that is because these fingers and the thumb can be used to mute the strings if I wanted for example if I want to mute just the third string and isolate all the rest of the strings my thumb goes over the sixth fifth and fourth string and my second and third finger isolates the first second string so now the only thing you hear is the third string so anytime I want to move that around I use my fingers and my thumb this is just the fifth string it's just the second string so you want to practice that too because it's really all about right hand muting that's how you isolate the strings the rest of it is to trust your ears not your eyes because basically your sliders over the top of the fret so when you're playing slide guitar you have infinite possibilities of being out of tune so you really want to keep it so that is as clean and as accurate as possible I'm concerning vibrato with a slide vibrato is always usually done below the note not above it here's the note now if I use vibrato that goes above and below it it sounds like this and the note actually sounds sharp to you if I play in vibrato with just below and coming back up it sounds like that it sounds like in pitch you see how much better that sounds than this the note is much more defined but basically I use almost a full fret and width is sometimes I'll try to make a lookin opera singer by delaying the vibrato and that's what gives it that real human quality okay basically if you look at playing slide guitar when you're in an open tuning here's the 12th fret now I look at slide guitar like a knight in chess and a knight in chess always moves in an L shape so you just started any defined movement I usually use kind of like one fret so if I started at the 11th fret slid up through the 12th fret and then play the first string so that's the 11th to 12th fret on the second string and then the first rip I have an L shaped pattern like this that's an L this way now if I did the same thing and then slid to the first ring 11 and 12 on the second string and then played the third string that's an L shaped pattern like this now with the slide sounds like this now the great thing about open tunings is it you can do L safes on every string for the 1st and 2nd 2nd 3rd to 2nd 3rd 5th to 4th and with vibrato because you've got a love vibrato so anyway that's like this now the next chord in a blues progression is called a 4-quart because it relates to the 4th note of the measure don't let that scare you I'm just a self-taught alum peg guitar player so basically that's at the 5th fret that would be the 4 chord of the Blues and the 5 chord would be up here at the 7th family so I can L shape up to the 4th fret from the 4th of the fifth string and also from the six of seven and obviously we need to have a turnaround otherwise you can never end your blues you have to play it over and over again begging your friends to kill you so you need to have a turnaround so you can stop your blues so the turnaround we're gonna learn on this one is simply playing the 3rd fret on the 5th string with the 1st string together simultaneously with your thumb and middle finger they do raise it back one fret for that 3rd string 5th string 3rd fret 2nd string our 2nd fret 3rd 1st 1st fret fistrick then open fifth and open first then you just go five six seven eight Paris French a lot now here's what it would sound like with a blue so one cord is gonna be 12 fret L shapes now forth to the fifth fret six the seventh fret now turn around all right now let's totally able to show you one more real cool thing here this is what I call the secret right hooter diagram

30 thoughts on “Matt Smith Gives A Killer Slide Guitar Lesson – Part 1”

  1. Did i hear that right …. "Second string is tuned down to B " ??? Then "First string is tuned down to A" This is Open D, no ?

  2. Can't get my thumb to keep steady while the others are on another time, lol. I almost have it! Thanks!

  3. Blown away by this tutorial,…man, all the youtube videos I have watched don’t come close to your knowledge and technique and you explain it so easily,..wish this was the first video I ever watched on slide in open D, would have saved me so much time and trouble,…but man, sure am thankful for this one!! Greetings from the Netherlands!

  4. Love Ry Cooder's soundtracks for: Johnny Handsome, and Streets of Fire. Thanks a bunch for the licks!!!
    Like his rounded end slide, mine can get under the E on full chords.

  5. Put the slide on your pinky finger! Much better for hammer-ons and pull-offs and playing chords behind the slide, as well as muting extraneous noises from behind the slide. There's a reason why most of the modern greats, and many of the old-timers as well, put the slide on their pinky. Just do it! Starting off with bad habits is very hard to unlearn later on. Watch and listen to Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, John Mooney and Johnny Winter —- all of them put the slide on their pinky finger.

  6. I'm listening to this and watching my slide hand, had to look up a couple of times to make sure I wasn't tripping, I swear he sounds just like James Gandolfini. It's sounds like I'm getting a slide lesson from Tony Soprano…

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  8. … and if you're Hounddog Taylor you have an extra finger over here, he used that one. Thanks bud coffee right out my nose when I heard that.

  9. thank you man. i really like your approach, funnier than hell, love you man…….gee, does that sound gay…no, it's just not said enough.

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