Looking to get that "Ain't My Cross To Bear"/Live At The Fillmore great singing lead tone. Since a cranked Plexi is out of the question, what will get me there?
bluesbreaker59 said:...Crowther Hot Cake. My problem is that I can't play slide like Duane, so simulating him exactly is difficult.
nashvillesteve said:Thumbs up on the Hotcake.
As for the slide playing, I'm 99% certain that he was playing in open E tuning, which makes it a kajillion times easier to cop his licks. Seriously. Statesboro Blues is just in E (or was it D? Oh, well)... But it's seriously all single notes at the 12th fret, then for the licks, you drop back to the 10th fret. Then sometimes you slide up to the 13th fret- for the "blue note" (3rd)..., and then you can do that little "top 3 strings extension box on the blues scale where you learned all of the albert king solos" with the slide as well.
The hardest part about playing slide is a) muting, b) getting a good vibrato from side to side if you're not used to it- start really slowly and smoothly and build your way up to Duane's speed. The main thing is just to play one note at a time. It might be easier to start learning slide with simpler material, like Clapton's unplugged album, which I believe most of the slide tunes are in open G. Open G is a good slide tuning, but I find that open E affords more licks in the higher range of the scale while still in "root position" (if you consider such a thing possible when playing with a slide).
I use a duane allman copy corricidian (speed?) pill bottle slide... I liked heavy slides at first, but on electric with medium action and .010's, a light slide is easier to not "fret out" with... besides, after you get used to it, it's all hand motion anyway and you don't need the weight of a heavy slide to get a good vibrato sound. It's kind of like building a non-slide vibrato technique with heavy strings- learning to work "against" them to get a natural sound, then after that is achieved, you can use lighter strings and "just do it." In my experience, the same goes for slide weight. I also use it on my pinky, which is not the most common way (on the ring finger). I still make sure the weight I'm throwing around for vibrato is my arm weight and not the slide and it also lets me use 3 fingers for playing. Slide is a lot of fun...