13 Best Slide Guitar Blues

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Slide Guitar Blues in 2020

Strange Feeling

Strange Feeling
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Crucial Slide Guitar Blues

Crucial Slide Guitar Blues
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Strange Feeling

Strange Feeling
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The Electric Blues Box Slide Guitar

The Electric Blues Box Slide Guitar
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Strange Feeling

Strange Feeling
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Slide Guitar Blues - EP

Slide Guitar Blues - EP
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Blues Guitar: Millennium Collection - 20th Century Masters

Blues Guitar: Millennium Collection - 20th Century Masters
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Hold That Train

Hold That Train
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When the Guitars Slide the Blues (DigSlim)

When the Guitars Slide the Blues (DigSlim)
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Relaxing Blues (Slide Guitar)

Relaxing Blues (Slide Guitar)
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Slide Guitar Blues

Slide Guitar Blues
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Warren Haynes: Electric Blues & Slide Guitar

Warren Haynes: Electric Blues & Slide Guitar
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King Of The Slide Guitar: The Fire, Fury, Enjoy Recordings (Hd Remastered Edition, Doxy Collection)

King Of The Slide Guitar: The Fire, Fury, Enjoy Recordings (Hd Remastered Edition, Doxy Collection)
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How to Play Blues Guitar

In this lesson we will teach you how to play blues guitar. We will learn how to Bend strings, how to Slide, and how to Hammer on and Pull off. After you learn all the basics, you can then play everything you learned in a easy to learn song.

Learning how to Slide

Learning blues guitar is a good way to advance your skills to the next level. In this guitar lesson we will teach you the basics for how to do advanced techniques such as Sliding, Bending, Hammering on, and Pulling off, to get you started on the road to being a blues guitar master. We will start with the basics of Slide guitar. This technique isn't as difficult as it may seem when you first try it. A slide is where you start on one fret; you play the string, and then quickly slide your finger over to the next fret without ever lifting your finger.

For example, let us try doing a slide on the third G string, while fretting the 5th fret. Play the string and let it ring out, and without lifting your finger quickly slide your finger up towards the 7th fret and then stop there. If done correctly you should have heard that bluesy sound of the slide.

For some players this will hurt their fingers when sliding it across the strings, so you can actually buy a small accessory called a "Slide" that slips over your finger to help you slide the strings a bit easier. For those that are tough enough, you can keep practicing the slide and will eventually develop calluses to ease the pain.

Other players have the problem where when they slide they over shoot their fret mark. For example, instead of sliding up to the 7th fret some players will over shoot and land on the 8th fret instead, which messes up the melody of the song. To fix this problem you can slightly turn your finger to the side instead of keeping your finger completely straight to help you stop at the proper fret. However, the best way to learn how to slide and stop on the right fret is with lots of practice.

Learning how to Bend

Bending the strings is a key part of blues guitar, and is far easier than sliding. Bending is exactly what it sounds like, you will first fret the note like you normally do, but then you will either bend the string upwards towards the ceiling, or down towards the floor, how much will depend on the song. There will normally be small notations by the note with either a ¼, which is a small quick bend; a ½ bend, or a full bend to let you know how much bend the song needs. Some music notations will also tell you to add a bit of vibrato while bending, which means that you jiggle the string up and down a bit to sustain the note- think of vibrato as extremely fast small bends while the note is still ringing out. Try playing the third G string on the 5th fret, and while the note is ringing out bend the string upwards towards the D string. If you want to make the note sustain a little longer, jiggle the string up and down very slightly to create vibrato, you should be able to hear the legendary blues like sound.

Learning how to Hammer on

A hammer on is where you play one note on the guitar and then you quickly smash your finger down on to the next note. No, this is not like a slide. The difference is that a slide literally slides up or down to the next note, while a hammer on simply drops one of your fingers down on to the next note. Here is an example:

Play the third G string on the 5th fret, which is a C note, with your fretting hand's index finger. While the note is still ringing out quickly smash your left hand ring finger down on to the 7th fret to play a D note. The C and D notes will meld together making it sound like the two notes are tied together. It may take you a few tries to get it right, but keep practicing. You can do a hammer on on any string and any fret of the guitar. Try playing the open G string, and then hammering your finger on to the G string 2nd fret. If done correctly, it can sound a bit like a slide.

Learning how to Pull off

A pull off is almost the same as a Hammer on, the only difference is that the motions are reversed. For this example we will do the same thing as the Hammer on example but a bit backwards:

Place your fretting hand's index finger on the G string 5th fret, but this time you will also place your ring finger on the G string 7th fret. After both of your fingers are in place, play the note. While the 7th fret note is still ringing out, simply pull your ring finger up quickly to perform a pull off. Because your index finger is still fretting the 5th fret, the notes will tie together as if you played two notes back to back very fast- which is exactly what you just did. You don't always have to do a Hammer on to Pull off; you can use this technique in several different ways. You could also do a Slide to Pull off as well. Try to Slide from the third G string 5thfret up to the G string 7th fret, as soon as you finish sliding up to the 7th pull your finger off to sound the open G note.

Did you get it? If not here is another way to perform a pull off. Instead of just lifting your finger off, try "plucking" the string with your finger while you are pulling off. Use the tip of your fretting finger to almost do a slight bend as you let the string go. If you play the string and then Pull you finger off, and at the same time pluck the string with your fretting finger as you are lifting it up, it will sound the string a second time to sustain the note. If done correctly no one will ever hear that the note was played twice; it will sound like one continuous note. Practice Hammer ons, Pull offs, and slides a bit before moving on.

Putting it all together

The technical aspect of blues guitar is only a small part, you will also need to practice, practice, and do even more practice if you want to master this style of playing the guitar. You will also need to learn Guitar scales to help you write and play more blues songs, but we will save that for a future lesson.

Now it is time to put everything you learned together. Here is a simple Blues tune written out in Tab form for you to practice with. This song is played in 4/4 common time. An actual sheet music version is included in the 2ndpicture on the right.

Symbols mean:

P = Pull off

H = Hammer on

/ = Slide

B = Bend

~ = Vibrato

Not so pro blues







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Try making up your own blues song using Hammer ons, pull offs, slides, and bends.
Don't forget to also read: How to play guitar: Lesson 1 and How to play guitar: lesson 2, to go over and learn some of the basics of guitar playing.

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