Slide Guitar Tips from Matt Tedder
Though Fort Worth native Matt Tedder now lives in Nashville, his heart is still in the Lone Star State. Since appearing on season 10 of “The Voice” (and even getting immense praise from Pharrell Williams!), Matt’s been busy lending his greasy slide guitar riffs to session recordings and band gigs around Music City, as well as working on his debut EP California Mercy Me. A longtime supporter of the Texas Music Project, he was happy to share some of his tips for slide guitarists below.
- Open tunings are great for slide players. Open tunings allow you to play chords much more easily. Open D and open G are good ones to start with.
- …But don’t ignore standard tunings. However, you’ll definitely want to work with standard tunings as well. When playing live it takes too much time to re-tune in between songs, so make sure you’re comfortable with both.
- Work on your vibrato. Vibrato is very important to the sound of your notes since it helps the pitch, so be sure to practice it.
Repeat your licks both with your fingers and your slide. This helps you get use to the positions of the notes on the fretboard. Start by fretting the notes with your fingers first, then try it with the slide, and then repeat.