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Learn Some Nifty Slide and Blues Guitar Tricks from Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
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When looking at the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world around us, there are very, very few positive things that come to mind. 

One of those rare positives though, has been the number of guitar heroes - Eric Johnson and Brian May among them - that have taken the opportunity to go on social media to teach their fans a few tricks of the trade. 

A few days back, acclaimed singer/songwriter and highly underrated guitarist Jason Isbell decided to hop on the social media lesson bandwagon with some great, bite-size slide and blues guitar tips of his own. Even better, he did so using a few of his finest vintage guitars.

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First, Isbell - gorgeous 1953 Blackguard Tele in hand - demonstrated an absolutely killer slide lick in standard tuning. Coming from a slide specialist, this lick is perfect for anyone looking for a place to start with slide technique.

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Next up is another slide lick that Isbell plays with an equally beautiful sunburst Strat. A bit more technical and advanced than the first slide lick, this line is a bit of a “pedal steel imitation,” in Isbell's words.

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Finally, as an added bonus, we have a non-slide blues triplet in the key of C. For this, Isbell uses a stunning, Bigsby-equipped Les Paul.

For more on Isbell, follow along on his Instagram page (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.