|Learning Guitar - Lesson Eight|
|Part 5: Sliding|
This is another guitar technique that is extremely popular, and one that needs to be mastered by all budding guitar players. As with all other techniques, learning to slide well will take a bit of practice, but you should get the hang of it almost immediately.
Here's the basic concept - we're going to fret a note, play it, then slide the note to another one on the same string, without re-picking. In the above example, we're starting on the third string, second fret. Play the note, then briskly slide your finger up to the fourth fret on the same string.
Done? Chances are, the note died as soon as you started to slide it. The key is to keep exerting downward pressure on the string with our finger while sliding the note. Try it again, making sure you keep pressing the note down as you slide.
This second example is almost the same as the first - it just adds another step. This time, try sliding on the third fret from the second fret to the fourth fret, then back to the second fret, all without re-picking the string.
It's important to try and use all the guitar techniques we learn to play many different things. For example, try playing the A blues scale using the sliding technique, hitting each string only once (listen to what that sounds like via RealAudio or MP3). To play it this way, you'll need to use only one finger to play the entire scale. You can also try something similar using hammer-ons and pull-offs, and also utilize all these techniques on different scales we've learned.
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Now, let's learn how to bend strings.