DANNY PATTERSON'S
Slide Collection
Slides (left to right):

Stevens slide; Big Heart Real Bottleneck; Big Heart slide; Big Heart Resonator slide; Bone (goat) slide; Dunlop
Pyrex; Glass Medicine Bottle (antique); Dunlop Steel; Dunlop Mudslide; Dunlop Brass slide and Round Bar
Danny Patterson's Slide Method
Over the years, I have been asked questions about my slide playing ... mostly reguarding how do I tune my
guitar, etc., so I thought I would let the "cat out of the bag" (so to speak) and try to explain my slide method:

NOTE: I would like to mention when using a slide do not press your slide into the neck, just let the slide "float"
on the strings.  Also you play the notes / chords over the fret (not in between the frets as you would play
fingered chords).

My main slide method is using a standard "440" tuning (with the slide on my ring finger).  Alot of slide players
use the slide on their pinky, but I have better control with the slide on my ring finger.

To make slide chords (use the slide for the chord change), use the 3rd and 4th strings only (this will work like
a open "G").  Examples of this type of chording:
3rd & 4th strings (opened) = "G"
3rd & 4th strings, slide on the 5th fret = "C"
3rd & 4th string, slide on the 7th fret = "D"

To make regular (fingered) chords, I use a power chord, "Root"5th and/or what I call "half" chords.  I make
my "half" chords just using the 1st two fingers.  A few examples of "half" chords are:

"G"
--x--
--0--
--0--
--0--
--2--
--3--

"C"
--x--
--x--
--0--
--2--
--3--
--x--

"D"
--2--
--x--
--2--
--0--
--0--
--x--

As you can see, the "half" chords you are playing most of the strings, but skipping a note / fret / string here and
there (due to the slide being on the ring finger).

So what I do is use a combination of my "half" chords and my slide chords to play songs, when using the slide.


Danny