Sonny Landreth

" You gotta crank it up to get that magic happening. The sweet spot is when you're making the power tubes
Sonny Landreth - From the Reach,
'From the Reach'

Sonny Landreth
Sonny Landreth (born February 1, 1951) is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. He was born in Canton, Mississippi, but soon after, his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. Sonny currently resides in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Landreth is best known for his slide playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand.

Slides for Slide Guitar
Everything about playing slide is up to the individual slide player, try out a number of different slides till you find the one that suits you best, some of the earliest exponents of the art used bits of bottles and knives to get a sound. Today, slides come in a variety of sizes to suit most hands.
Considering that there are so many slide materials on the market will rightly bring you to the conclusion that they all have a place in modern slide playing.
Below are three of the most popular materials used for modern slides


ceramic slide
Normal slide style shown above
but if you like playing
Lap Steel Style
like Harry Manx below
then you need a

* GLASS SLIDES - Tempered Glass Slides for a warmer, thicker tone accentuating the middle harmonics of your sound. Today's most popular slide. Processed from high quality Boron Silicate.

* BRASS SLIDES - Chosen for its bright resonant tone and comfortable weight, the extra weight of Brass sits nicely on the hand and aids the balance of the hand. Good for Acoustic and Electric Slide.

* CERAMIC SLIDES - Ceramic slides give a rich, full resonating tone. Individually hand formed to withstand years of regular use. Porous interior absorbs finger moisture to reduce slipping.

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Best finger for the slide.
THE INDEX FINGER - is not normally used as you need a least one finger to mute the strings behind the slide. Though there always are exceptions, check out this Dave Hole vid. You then have a choice between middle finger, ring finger and the little finger. There are advantages and disadvantages whichever finger you choose.

THE MIDDLE FINGER - a strong finger to use but as you have to lift your other fingers out of the way and it can cause problems adding chords. However, there are exceptions to every rule, check out this Bonnie Raitt vid, Bonnie gets a great sound using this method.

THE RING FINGER - favoured by Duane Allman, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. This method leaves you with two fingers behind the slide for muting strings. This is still a popular finger to use but it restricts the use of chord work should you want to play Delta style. However, Duane, Derek and Warren are fantastic players who have mastered this method. Check out this Warren Haynes vid to see the style in action.

THE LITTLE FINGER - if you want to combine both slide and normal fingerstyle chord work then the Little Finger is the one for you. It leaves your other fingers free for muting and playing chords. If you are about to start playing slide then this is probably the best finger to hold your slide as it will open up many more possibilities to you in the future. Check out this vid by the masterful Sonny Landreth chording behind the slide

If you like playing
Lap Steel Guitar like
Harry Manx (left) then
you need a STEEL

Ernie Ball 4233 Steel Bar Slide, Heavy
List Price:$22.50
Our Price:$17.22

Mississippi Fred McDowell
1904 - 1972

Fred started playing slide with a pocket knife, then he made a slide from a beef rib bone, later he switched to a glass slide for its clearer sound.

- It's Back ! - as used by Duane Allman and Rory Gallacher - The Corriciadan Medicine Bottle
Corriciadan Slide CS-1 Medium Medicine Bottle Guitar Slide
From Corriciadan - List Price: $16.95
Our Price: $8.95
The great blues slide players took their inspirations from real life. In their medicine cabinets was this bottle, the Corriciadan Cold Medicine bottle. Just as the medicine cured what ailed you, the bottle itself had some wonderful qualities: It was light and small, exactly the right feel and weight for quick, sure positioning. It fit nicely on the ring finger with just enough play for sensitivity. And it could make a guitar sound like nothing else. Generations of slide players have used it. Now, you can too. All the qualities of the originial Corriciadan bottle have been painstakingly reproduced here by hand. There's no medicine in it now. But the magic's still there. With the Corriciadan slide, you're not just playing a slide.. you're playing a legend.
- Will Ray's Stealth Slide ! - invented by Will and used by Will
Will Ray - Stealth Slide Ring for Guitar - Mini Slide
Price: $17.99
MINI SLIDE RING - As used by WILL RAY - Want to play some slide guitar without having to give up your whole left hand? Tired of those big, unwieldy slides that you can never control? Want something easy to use? Something that you can simply twist out of the way when you're not using it? Then the Stealth Slide was made for you! This cool little mini-slide was invented by Will Ray of the Hellecasters over fifteen years ago. Just listen to any of their four albums and you'll hear what it can do. It's adjustable to fit any size finger and chrome plated for many years of usage. Will uses several at once! This slide is made so that your other fingers can make chords on either side of the slide. SEE WILL DEMONSTRATE THIS >
- Cole Coleman's Thimble Slide ! - invented by Cole and used by Cole
Developed by rock guitarist Cole Coleman
The Thimble Slide is designed to be worn on the tip of your finger. Yet, it allows your fingertip to pass through and exposes enough of it so that you can easily fret your instrument - while still wearing the slide! You can play linear parts, chords, riffs, AND take that slide solo and go back to playing chords etc. without a pause in the same song. You can even develop mixed solos and parts sliding and fretting.
The Stretch model has a 1-inch playing surface which is perfect for sliding up to 3 strings at a time and repositioning over the strings as you move around the fretboard.
> Price: $19.99
See Cole demonstrate the Thimble Slide >
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