Beyond The Delta Slide Guitar
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Beyond The Delta Slide Guitar

Learn To Play A Whole Range Of Slide Guitar Styles Including Tips, Tricks And Tunings.
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Created by Rick Payne
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play a variety of slide guitar styles. The course will use exercises and study tunes to explore a range of styles which include Delta, Texas, Chicago, Hawaii and beyond. There are sections on tips, tricks and tunings which will aid to more learning and enjoyment of the course.
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  • The students should have a basic knowledge of slide guitar playing.
  • Own an acoustic or electric guitar.
  • Be familiar with guitar tablature.
  • Be prepared to try new techniques and keep an open ear and mind!

Beyond The Delta Slide Guitar
This course covers the techniques you will need to play a variety of classic and diverse slide guitar styles. Rick Payne uses both detailed left and right hand videos to demonstrate all the exercises and styles taught in this course. Also there are PDF files containing more explanation along with the tab necessary to play the exercises and 12 study tunes.
If you already play just a little slide by the end of this course you will be able to add so much more to own performance.

What The Course Covers
Rick uses four main regions to explore a range of slide guitar styles:
The Delta

These will give the player more insight into the general approach to the slide guitar.

These are explored in detail throughout the course as Rick takes you on your slide guitar journey.

You can make your slide playing more interesting using a variety of tricks including: two finger slide, harmonic slide and more.

Tuning Guides
These PDF files will help you keep a record of the many tunings used in the course and can be downloaded and used as a reference at any time.

Study Tunes
Here Rick demonstrates 12 study tunes using many of the tunings and styles in the course.
These will further help you to begin to use different styles and tunings in your own playing.

This is a lifetime of playing and research in one course taught by a master player!

Who is the target audience?
  • Guitarists who enjoy playing blues slide guitar will enjoy the journey through a variety of styles which will increase their technique and become better players overall. The course will benefit both acoustic and electric players. The content is roots based and not a heavy metal exploration. But, who knows all the music could be adapted to suit the individual.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:05

What are you going to do? This intro with Rick lets you know

Preview 01:05
Slide Guitar History
1 Lecture 02:38

Read this article to gain more insight into the wonderful world of slide guitar playing. 

Slide History
Slide Guitar tips
4 Lectures 09:30

There are so many objects that have there place in Slide Guitar playing and history. Here you'll find a few of my best tips.

Preview 02:07

This is your choice. They've all been used before, including the thumb. I prefer using the pinky as it gives me the choice of fretting chords behind the slide. Once again, there are no hard and fast rules just put on that thing and see what happens!

Which Finger

Choosing the right guitar for Slide Guitar is very personal and there are many factors to consider. In this lecture you can consider all the options and find the right mix for you.

Preview 03:55

Sorting out all those unwanted noises can be a little tricky at first - this tip will give you a few valuable pointers.

How Do I Get That Great Sound
6 Lectures 18:56

In order to explore the variety of tunings that will take us on our slide journey, we should take a brief tour of the classic slide guitar regions:

The Delta

Ok, let's move up to Chicago on our tour and check out what was happening to create it's own unique take on the Slide Guitar.

Preview 01:09

Try the deep dark slide sounds of Blind Willie Johnson and learn how Texas influenced the sound of the Slide Guitar

Texas Slide

We're going to come back to Texas in a short while, but for the moment let's take an important step across the water to Hawaii and see what those guys have been up to.

Hawaii and the slide

Texas slide guitar during the 1930's became heavily influenced by Hawaiian slide. Learn how and play some examples.

Back To Texas!

Let's step outside the normal regions of the slide and go beyond and into some unusual territory.

Beyond The Delta!
1 Lecture 08:13

Check out a few of these quirky essentials for slide guitar gurus

Study Tunes
13 Lectures 14:39

This first study is a slide version of the original parlour tune which gave rise to G tuning being named 'Spanish Tuning'

Preview 01:27

Here's a short adaptation of Spanish Fandango with an alternating bass part which again gives you an idea how the Delta blues slide was born.

Variation of Spanish Fandango

This study tune is in the classic Tampa Red slide style and shows off his clever use of bluesy style riffs in a non Delta kind of way.

Tampa's Blues

This is a great study tune in D tuning and highlights the droning quality of the low D string.

Preview 02:03

This simple study is based on G tuning with the top D up to E. As we learned earlier.

Hawaiian Slide

This tune is derived from the riffs and sounds you might expect form the lap steel players from the early Texas country swing bands. It uses a variation of D6 tuning

Texas Swing

Why not try playing slide guitar on your lap! This tune uses high G tuning.

Dobro Study

Learn this classic melody on slide guitar using the low down sound of Dm tuning.

St James Infirmary

This study tunes uses a variation of C tuning typical of the sound of Martin Simpson. Very beyond the Delta!

Martin's Jig

Porgy's Blues is my take on the classic tune 'Summertime'.

Preview 01:12

This slide tune is long way from the Delta using celtic style tuning DADGAD to create a distinctive sound.

The Black Mill

I've used C7 tuning to create a unique slide sound!

C7 Blues

A slight alteration to C7 tuning can create a unique flavour for slide guitar.

Open Skies Rag
Relative Tunings
1 Lecture 00:19

Please use the downloadable PDF guide to the tunings. Follow the instructions. 

Relative Tunings
About the Instructor
Rick Payne
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Guitar Instructer And Performer

Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind.

Often compared with Ry Cooder, guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, India, Scandinavia and Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2.

Rick has recorded a number of CDs, including the noted Blue River Blues

Reviewers have described his sound as: heart wrenching and passionate, delicate and scorching, seriously brilliant, totally absorbing and spellbindingly evocative with raw and fiery vocals to match.

Rick's latest CD Radio City is now available as CD or download Courses and guitar workshop style sessions, teaching the art of Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Rev Garry Davis, Django, Ry Cooder and many more.