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Imagine being able to speak with your guitar as you would with your voice! In "Speaking with the Slide", world renown slide player Ariel Posen will help you develop your slide playing to do just that - speak with your guitar as you would sing with your voice.

Lesson 1

Speaking With the Slide:...

If you could choose one technique to replicate the human voice on your guitar, it would...

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Lesson 2

The Nuts and Bolts of...

First, there are a few things that need to be addressed before we even play a note using...

Length: 6:25
Lesson 3

Proper Hand Technique

So much of getting the slide to sound great is born out of good hand technique. From muting...

Length: 7:50
Lesson 4

The Major Scale - Standard...

Playing slide is not about re-learning your instrument, it's about integrating certain...

Length: 19:32
Lesson 5

The Minor Scale - Standard...

Now Ariel takes a look at the minor scale in standard tuning, both horizontally and vertically.

Length: 15:21
Lesson 6

The Minor Pentatonic...

On to the scale that is a must have for slide and non-slide players: the minor pentatonic...

Length: 13:20
Lesson 7

The Major Pentatonic...

Now the last standard tuning scale that we're going to drill - the major pentatonic scale....

Length: 12:45
Lesson 8

Intro to Open Tuning

Ariel now turns our attention to open E tuning. Because of the tuning intervals, this...

Length: 6:27
Lesson 9

The Major Scale - Open...

This part of the course focuses on becoming as comfortable and familiar as possible with...

Length: 16:10
Lesson 10

The Minor Scale - Open...

Now on to the minor scale in open E tuning. Remember, the practicing and repetitions...

Length: 15:24
Lesson 11

The Minor Pentatonic...

The minor pentatonic scale is perhaps the most familiar scale that we all know in standard...

Length: 12:38
Lesson 12

The Major Pentatonic...

And finally, we use this lesson to drill the major pentatonic scale in open E tuning....

Length: 12:19
Lesson 13

Playing Behind the Slide

Now that we've learned all of our primary scales using the slide, it's time to look a...

Length: 8:41
Lesson 14

Playing Behind the Slide...

In this lesson, Ariel shows us what it takes to play certain scales "behind the slide".

Length: 17:53
Lesson 15

Playing Behind the Slide...

One thing that playing behind the slide allows us to do is to expand our chord vocabulary...

Length: 19:14
Lesson 16

Double Stops

The concept of playing two notes at a time in a melodic line (double stops), is certainly...

Length: 14:28
Lesson 17

Play What You Already...

So often when we put a slide on our finger we feel like we have to totally re-invent the...

Length: 10:33
Lesson 18

Slide Articulations...

Now we begin to look at the subtleties of playing slide guitar - the articulations. Perhaps...

Length: 3:45
Lesson 19

Slide Articulations...

Getting a good tone when playing slide is less about amps and guitars and more about fingers...

Length: 4:55
Lesson 20

Slide Articulations...

Playing with dynamics is a concept that applies to all types of guitar playing, but perhaps...

Length: 5:09
Lesson 21

Slide Articulations...

Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys...

Length: 7:21
Lesson 22

Bass Notes With the...

Expanding on the idea of making good use of our other fingers while also using the slide,...

Length: 7:57
Lesson 23

Licks and Tricks in...

When we think of slide guitar, it's not a stretch to think of other instruments like lap...

Length: 14:39
Lesson 24

Licks and Tricks in...

Now Ariel looks at the same licks in open E tuning. Although they are basically the same,...

Length: 13:15
Lesson 25

Droning the Low Strings

Droning certain notes while playing with the slide over the top of them is a favorite...

Length: 10:30
Lesson 26

Droning the High Strings

While droning the bottom strings and playing high string lends itself more to a "solo"...

Length: 10:40
Lesson 27

Three String Drone

Up until now, we've only droned two strings at once. In this lesson, Ariel uses the top...

Length: 8:36
Lesson 28

Note Relationships and...

The way we see notes in our heads dictates a lot in our playing and note choice. Sometimes...

Length: 7:25
Lesson 29

Improvising Comfortably...

Now it's time to pull together all the things that we've been working on, and let those...

Length: 5:07
Lesson 30

Improvising Comfortably...

The differences between standard and open tuning are subtle, but there are "flavor" differences...

Length: 3:22
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Learn more About Ariel Posen

A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.

Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the Juno Award winning, roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.

How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too.

"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”

"Ariel Posen is the complete package: a great singer and songwriter, as well as a virtuoso guitarist. He is representative of a new generation of players who are fully schooled, either academically or self-taught, who don’t let the schooling get in the way of their soul. — Michael Ross (Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Guitar Moderne)