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    I play slide using my thumb and first three fingers in what I suppose would be the traditional way. I also use the slide on my ring finger. My slide is one that I made from a wine bottle neck. I like it because it's kinda got an inward curve then flares out. Now how does everyone else do it?
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    I use a ceramic slide from Rocky Mountain Slides... on my ring finger. I like the weight and size. It's the first slide I've found that fit this good.

    The picking hand is mostly thumb and first two fingers.

    And I play mostly in Open G. Been trying the standard tuning thing with little success.
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    I don't care for standard tuning with slide, though I do see its benefits. I tend to use open D the most but, I've been using open G capoed to open A recently. Open c minor is another I've given so.e time but it's not a blues tuning to me.
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    hello people; I've never tried playing with a slide but I found something that might be interesting to people that do. Go to the tube and punch in Ry Cooder The Slide Man. It's not short and by the end you'll be slided out.
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    I used to use cutoff wine bottle necks but I started putting the slide on my little finger with my finger bent at the first joint out from my hand. The raised ring on the bottle neck was in the way when sliding so I tried various commercial slides, ultimately settling on a heavy brass slide from Big Heart. I used it for a number of years but eventually lost it somewhere. I had a gig one night where I needed a slide quickly and took a long socket from my tool kit. I found I liked it but eventually lost that one too. I grabbed a 5/8" spark plug socket and removed the rubber bushing from the inside. That worked pretty well for awhile but I wanted something a little smoother. I went to the local Sears store recently and, since I've got skinny fingers, purchased a Craftsman 14mm 12-point deep socket in chrome finish. This is it as far as I'm concerned, it is heavy enough for good sustain but not so heavy as to be totally unwieldy. I use a plastic thumb pick and Dunlop metal fingerpicks on my first and third fingers.

    The vid below shows how I roll in open G. I'm using a spark plug socket in this one.

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    hello; There's a interview with Lowel George (spelling probably wrong) from Little Feet that's out there that said he did the same with a deep socket. That way if it got lost he would just have to go and buy a 9/16 deep and he's ready to rock.
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    I used to use the big Dunlop ones, long and thick, and I thought that was the only way to go. For acoustic guitar, the mass of the heavy ones helps, but I've been converted to the V-Picks slides. They cannot be broken under normal circumstances, their tone is good (actually a bit unusual, so it might not be everyone's cuppa), and I was surprised to find the light weight actually helped me with accuracy and control. Almost always in D (the F# one), but I'm working on G, also. Don't be afraid to try something outside the box. Vinnie's picks are incredible, too. When I use picks (rare on electric slide), it's almost always V-Picks. I love twisting and sliding and otherwise working the string with the pick. Much of my expression is in my pick hand (especially non-slide), so how I pick is at least half of how I do what I do.

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    Been playing in open tuning mostly with a Silica Sound glass slide on my pinky. Works pretty well for me although I'm still learning slide. No picks at all. Have been working on the slide part from the Stones "No Expectations". Got it down pretty well.

    I tried metal slides but I like the sound of glass better. The Silica Sound slides are tapered on the inside so it grabs onto your finger better as well.

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    Metallic slide, cristal breaks too easily for me, more when i'm drunk after a show

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    I play lapslide using a Dunlop steel tonebar, I've tried playing bottleneck slide but it just doesn't feel right somehow whereas I'm really comfortable with lapslide. Although I've got friends who say the exact opposite and can't comprehend why I play the way I do.
    In many ways with lapslide you are limited by no having the use of the fretted notes like with bottleneck so every note is either open or played with the slide. It does however make hammer ons and pull offs a lot easier and there are some interesting chords to be found in various tunings as well as much louder harmonics to be played with (both sides of the slide) which can get very interesting.

 

 

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