I possess a B.A. in Economics/Phys. Geography and a minor in Art History, from Hofstra University and several other industry and educational certificates as well. My experience with slide guitar started twelve years ago. I began playing acoustic guitar, in standard tuning, by way of conventional picking and strumming. However, I was interested in exploring and understanding the authentic "down home" sounds of legendary blues artists, like Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. In the process, I discovered, in order to achieve that classic blues sound, learning about open tunings was a must.
Suddenly I discovered many famous rock and blues songs utilized the "open tuning" approach, made famous by the blues pioneers. Artists like The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood and many other contemporary musicians have successfully transferred the "down home" resonance of slide guitar into pop music greatness.
I approach slide guitar from a historical as well as musical perspective. Acoustic slide guitar is how I would start a student off. The reasons being, it's an authentic way of playing the blues and the instrument is quieter than an electric model, because there's no amplifier needed.
The songs I can offer to students of all proficiency levels, which are performed in open G, oped D and open E tunings, include Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster," ala The Rolling Stones, George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone," The Black Crows, "She Talks To Angels" or perhaps Robert Johnson's "C'mon in My Kitchen." There are some others as well.
Above and beyond the music, the importance of the blues lies in the notion that the songs often reflect a cultural view of how things used to be.
The lessons I offer proceed at the students own comfort level. Some standard non-slide electric blues lessons are also available. My ideas about guitars, slide and otherwise, are often expressed as a staff contributor at an online guitar information site.
I possess a B.A. in Economics/Phys. Geography and a minor in Art History, from Hofstra University and several other industry and educational certificates as well. My experience with slide guitar started twelve years ago. I began playing acoustic guitar, in standard tuning, by way of conventional picking and strumming. However, I was interested in
This is specifically for slide guitar lessons.
My experience includes taking lessons and playing acoustic and electric slide guitar, mostly blues songs, in several open tunings, though I enjoy picking and strumming in standard settings, E-A-D-G-B-E, as well.
Blues music holds particular historical and cultural significance, which is partially why I am interested in communicating its ideas and approaches.
I play slide guitar on an acoustic steel-bodied National Resophonic model, first produced in 1937. I don’t use a pick, just my fingers and a either a glass or metal slide, worn on my pinky.
The songs I play, which are also be the ones taught to students, include Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster,” in open D tuning, the Black Crows, “She Talks to Angels,” in open E, George Thorogood’s “Bad to The Bone,” in open G or perhaps a contemporary treatment of Robert Johnson’s classic, “C’mon in My Kitchen.”
Most of these tunes, though based in “down home” acoustic country blues, are recognized as some of the most celebrated songs in popular electric music, thus the reason for building lessons around them.
Besides the open tuning, made famous by legendary greats Son House, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman, The Rolling Stones and a host of others, I can offer students several examples of conventional playing, in standard electric tuning.
I have the requisite sheet music for each song, in the form of licensed tablature for the guitar, therefore there is no guessing the time signatures, specific notes and chords. The lessons proceed at a pace that is comfortable for the student while instilling a sense of musical growth.
My ideas about guitars, those being slide or otherwise, are often expressed as a staff contributor at guitar-muse.com. I own a collection of instruments that includes a white Fender Stratocaster, an Epiphone Dot Archtop, a custom made electric by Delaney Guitars of Georgia and signed by Matt “Guitar” Murphy, in addition to a replica wood bodied Regal Dobro, among others.