Musicians Institute instructor and resident slide monkey Allen Hinds is at it again. “This is a simple motif,” he says, “based on a Duane Allman
slide lick in E minor. See those the arrows arcing down and up? A common movement when playing slide is to sweep into the fundamental note,
so the ﬁrst note, A, is preceded by a slide down from the fret above the fundamental pitch, a “ghosted” note, if you will. From there, you mute
that string (the B string) and slide up (notice the arrow?) into the G note on the G string. Continue the motif down the neck diatonically, ending
on a blues lick in open E minor. It takes a while to get the motor skills to work precisely, but this simple idea will become a nice lick that covers
the fretboard while giving you a good way to practice your intonation and mobility with slide technique.”
This isn’t so much an A blues run as it is a gateway to discovering where your right and left hands just naturally want to go. By simply alternating my thumb and index ﬁnger on my picking hand and throwing my fretting hand ﬁngers down in little mini-barres on a blues scale, I
came up with this syncopated smorgasbord. You don’t have to do it like I do, just start grabbing notes and your own unique rhythms and
note choices will magically appear. Try it! You’ll see.
HARDER THAN IT LOOKS, EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS
If you think this is just an Em pentatonic scale with an F# thrown in, think again. By using the open strings for a bunch of the notes and
carefully observing the ﬁngerings, you can get several pitches ringing at the same time for an awesome sustain-pedal effect. Slide into
the F# with your fourth ﬁnger (which is already on that string) and let that note clang against the open E and the high G you’re grabbing
with your ﬁrst ﬁnger. For bonus points, use the exact same ﬁngers and play it descending.
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