Fingerpicking Etude no. 23: “Slides”

Below is the lesson for Fingerpicking Etude no. 23: “Slides”.

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In this etude, you’ll work on developing one of the coolest playing techniques: Slides. Slides can be categorized in the same technique arsenal as: hammer-ons and pull-offs or vibrato.

Each of these techniques takes a note(s) and adds a bit of flourish to it. In other words, we can use these techniques to add color to phrases or chords. This creates variety in the overall sound of our playing.

But how does it do this? The easiest way to answer this is by trying it out yourself. Jump into this etude. Once you have the first couple bars learned, play it without the slide technique (i.e. basic plucked notes). It’ll sound very vanilla when compared to playing it with the slide technique.

One last thing that I’d like to mention: This etude is intended for the player that already knows the basics of slide technique. If you need an introductory lesson on how to do slides, check out this lesson from our Beginner’s Course.

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