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Once you can play this through with quarter note strums try blending in the frailing strum. You can use this progression for songs like "Bright Lights, Big City," "Sweet Home Chicago" and many more.
Delta Blues
One of my favorite blues guitar players is the late, great Son House. That slide guitar sound still blows me away whenever I toss one of his CD's into my stereo. In fact, I like it so much that I started mixing it into my banjo playing.
Here's the deal, most slide guitar players work out of open tunings and as a result a lot of their techniques can be used on the banjo.
Example One
In this example we are playing a lick right out of Son House's bag of tricks.
It starts out with a simple basic frailing pattern and in the last measure we have a slide lick. For the slide we are strumming across the open strings, hammering-on at the second fret, sliding to the third fret and then pulling-off the third fret.
You can pay this slide lick with your finger or you can pick up a guitar slide and play it bottleneck style.
The count is 1 2& 3 4&, 1 2& 3& 4&.






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