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Mark Lincoln

Sliding

Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords. This is different from playing guitar with a metal or glass slide.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 19:24Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:50) Introduction
Review
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strums by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the “new” way and play the type 1 barre chords.
- Play the A major chord in the “new” way and play the type 2 barre chords.
- Practice the “slanting A” technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
- Practice the type 2 minor barre chords.
- Play all of the type 1 mini-barre chords.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-barre chords.
- Review and practice quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Review last week’s exercises.
Ready?

Last week we looked at how to take some easy shortcuts and speed up your chord changes. These little tricks increasingly more important as you take on more and more difficult challenges on the guitar. Remember to work on the review section as it is equally important to keep up with skills that we’ve touched upon in past lessons.

Sliding

Sliding can be defined as “a change in fingering position on the neck of the guitar while maintaining contact with one or more fingers on the fretboard of the guitar.” I should comment here that I am not referring to the art of “slide guitar” which uses a metal, glass, or other cylindrical device to slide up and down the strings. I am simply talking about the technique of sliding one’s fingers up or down the strings to produce a specific tone while simultaneously changing fretboard positioning. Sliding can be done with a single finger on a single string, or with an entire chord. It can also be combined with other techniques.
Chapter 2: (04:41) Slide Exercise 1 For example, let’s take a look at the C major chord.

C major
E_0_
B_1_
G_0_
D_2_
A_3_
E_X_

By this point, you are all familiar with the C chord, and I want to show you some ways to expand your sound using the tried but true C configuration. Don’t forget the finger glue! Slide all three of your fingers that you used to form the C major chord up two frets while trying not to remove any of your fingers from the strings.

D
E_x_
B_3_
G_x_
D_4_
A_5_
E_x_

This is what the new chord should look like. Your fingers should be in the exact same position as a C chord. Now however, your fingers have each moved up two frets each. Notice how smooth a chord change sounds when your fingers don’t leave the fretboard.

Exercise 1

Play the C chord. Then, slide up to the 3rd fret and play the D chord. Strum using or "down, down-up, down-up, down," where the last down stroke should be the point at which you slide your chord to the third fret. Once you are on the D chord, then strum
or "up, up, down." The key to this technique is to slide while you are strumming rather than just changing chords while you are strumming. As we’ve discussed in previous lessons, there is always a cognitive element to playing guitar, and it definitely comes into play here. You may need to make a concerted effort to remind yourself that the slide is coming up and prepare for it mentally. Play the exercise slowly at first until you get the hang of it. Then, gradually play it faster and faster. Watch me in the video for more insight on this technique.

*Take note of the fact that the D chord played at the 3rd fret has strings that should either be muted or not played at all. If you opt to play the open strings, the chord takes on a different name (Dadd9,11).
Chapter 3: (04:24) Slide Exercise 2 Exercise 2

Play an Fmaj7 chord.
E_0_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_x_
E_x_

Now, slide the same configuration as the Fmaj7 up two frets just like you did with the C chord in the previous exercise. It should look something like this:

G
E_x_
B_3_
G_4_
D_5_
A_x_
E_x_

In this exercise, strum or "down, down, up, down, up." The final down strum in bold face print indicates where you should slide. Then, play the G chord. Again, you may need to plan for when the slide will take place. This can often be facilitated by playing the exercise slowly at first.

*Note-Just as the case above with the C and the D chords, some of the strings should be muted or avoided in order to avoid changing the name of the chord. There's no reason why you can't play the other strings, but keep in mind that the name of the chord will change as you add other strings into the mix.
Chapter 4: (05:19) Exercise 3 Sliding into Different Positions
You will hopefully recall previous discussions concerning mini-barre chords. The use of mini-barres can also come into play here as one can slide from one chord into another. Take two D chords for example:

D
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_X_
E_X_

D
E_5_
B_7_
G_7_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

You might recall this chord as it is a type 2 mini-barre.

Exercise 3

Play the open D chord using the strum or "down, down-up, down, up, down," where the last downstroke indicates where you should slide up to the D (5th fret). Play or "down-up, down" once you are in place at the fifth fret. In this exercise, the third finger (which is on the B-string in the open D chord) will remain on the fretboard and slide up into the D at the 5th fret. This finger becomes part of the D at the fifth fret and helps you slide smoothly from one chord to the next. Practice changing from the open D chord to the D at the 5th fret without pulling your third finger from the fretboard. Once you’ve become more comfortable with this change, try it out with the strum pattern.

Using the slide technique can be a great way to add some flair to your playing and also provide a means of transitioning from one chord into another. This technique does take some practice though and will require some patience on your part. Watch me carefully in the video for more insight into how I put all of the pieces together to make a smooth and beautiful sound.
Chapter 5: (02:11) Exercise 4 Exercise 4

Take the following two chords:

A
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_X_

B
E_X_
B_4_
G_4_
D_4_
A_X_
E_X_

Select your own strum pattern and invent a way to slide from one chord into the other. Don’t forget to avoid the strings with x’s (at least for the time being). Play the two chords first to get a good handle on them. Also, don’t discount the value of using the "slanting A" technique in this exercise (hint, hint, hint).

*Note: Once again, keep in mind that some of the techniques that we cover here may take some time to master and will require patience and diligence on your part. Keep working hard on the individual skills and you will find that progress is inevitable.


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Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on February 18th, 2016

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phil77kb11phil77kb11 replied on December 12th, 2013

hi mark I here you mention finger glue through out the series im just wondering where I can buy this product as ive not seen it anywhere

alamosgalalamosgal replied on June 26th, 2010

Hi Mark. I have been fully engaged in your lesson series, although quiet in the Comment and Discuss area until now. Thanks for helping me get "solid on the fundamentals." I'm learning a lot from you. Your innovative finger glue and liquid chord concepts are making a real difference. I pulled out a piece I used to play (Gentle on my Mind) and when I realized it's a great exercise in liquid chords it suddenly flowed much better. Beautiful! Now I'll work on the slide!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on June 28th, 2010

Thanks Gal and I'm really glad that you're already seeing applications for the techniques in your own playing, that's a great sign! Take care, Mark

audreybakeraudreybaker replied on January 17th, 2010

Hi Mark, when you slide your fingers down to make the second chord, do you keep the same finger strength in pressing down the strings, or do you lift off a bit and bring them back down when you get to the second chord? I can't seem to actually get the sound to come out of the second chord. Once in a while I can get a faint hint of it, but somehow my slide isn't actually making any sound... ? Thanks.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 19th, 2010

Hi Audrey how are you? Can you clarify a little: are you asking how to produce more sound while you are sliding, or more sound when you have actually positioned your fingers on the second chord? If you can help me to understand your question better I can probably help more! Thanks, Mark

audreybakeraudreybaker replied on February 26th, 2010

My problem seems to be producing more sound when I have actually positioned my fingers on the second chord. The sound just seems to disappear. Is it just a question of finger strength and practice? Thanks again, Audrey

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 1st, 2010

You probably noticed that I'm strumming the guitar just as I'm sliding up to the third fret and this strum is what should be producing the necessary energy to make the guitar produce sound...does that make sense Audrey? Make sure that you're timing that strum just as you slide, that's the key! Mark

audreybakeraudreybaker replied on March 6th, 2010

Thank you, I'll work on that!

binkybinky replied on October 10th, 2009

Great lesson. How do you keep strings from squealing?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 14th, 2009

Hi Binky! String squeeling and squeeking is a normal part of playing but as you develop more smoothness in your chord changes you will hear it less and less. Thanx for writing! Mark

mrmike57mrmike57 replied on February 10th, 2009

this is way cool stuff it,ll be good to now..

jesseboy000jesseboy000 replied on February 10th, 2009

Awesome lesson Mark. I love the sound of these exercises. And the muting isn't as hard as I thought it would be. Mark really is the host with the most!

Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln

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Lesson 1

Guitar Basics

This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Chords and Strumming

Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.

Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Minor Chords and More

Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.

Length: 25:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Expanding Chords

Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.

Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Strumming Exercises

Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.

Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Music Theory and Barre Chords

Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.

Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Minor Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

A Minor Shape Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Mini Barre Chord

Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.

Length: 17:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

A Shape Mini Barre

Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.

Length: 20:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Minor Mini Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Guitar Technique

Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.

Length: 15:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Guitar Dynamics

Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Transistion Strums

Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.

Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Harmonic Technique

Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Expanding Liquid Chords

Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Precision Strumming

Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

Quantitative and Qualitative Review

In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.

Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Rhythm and Guitar

Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Hand Structure

Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Cadd9 and Dsus2

Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Finger Glue and Flexibility

In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Reviewing Chord Changes

Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.

Length: 22:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

Sliding

Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.

Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

Keeping Time While Playing

Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

A Minor Progression

Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.

Length: 19:56 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 36

Chord Transistions

Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.

Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

Chord Transistions Revisited

In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.

Length: 23:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 38

Playing Individual Notes

In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.

Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39

Rocking Out

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Length: 18:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Slash Chords

Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.

Length: 14:42 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
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Strumming from the Wrist

In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Raising the Barre

Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.

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Building on Your Chord Knowledge

In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.

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Experiment With Playing

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Diversifying

In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.

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Shaping the Hands

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Precision Strumming

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Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

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Changing Chords : Accuracy and Speed

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Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

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Understanding Liquified Chords

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Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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