Sonny Landreth

Slide guitar is a world within itself, but Louisiana slide deity Sonny Landreth has conquered a world within a world by pioneering behind-the-slide technique—the practice of fretting notes behind the glass, brass, bottleneck, (or whatever it is that composes your slide), thereby adding new notes to slide riffs.
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And guess what—it’s easier and more fun than you’d think. With your slide on your 4th finger, simply use your other fretting-hand fingers to press down one or more notes. The fretted strings will conveniently drop beneath the slide and ring unimpeded, as illustrated in this open-G tuning example. With the slide at the 12th position, the first bar gets you started by adding a 10th-fret G fretted with your 2nd finger. (Tip: Pull off from a behind-the-slide note and as the string “hammers” back against the slide, you’ll hear the string return to its slide-position pitch.) g