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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.
If you could choose one technique to replicate the human voice on your guitar, it would...View This Full Lesson!
First, there are a few things that need to be addressed before we even play a note using...Length: 6:25
So much of getting the slide to sound great is born out of good hand technique. From muting...Length: 7:50
Playing slide is not about re-learning your instrument, it's about integrating certain...Length: 19:32
Now Ariel takes a look at the minor scale in standard tuning, both horizontally and vertically.Length: 15:21
On to the scale that is a must have for slide and non-slide players: the minor pentatonic...Length: 13:20
Now the last standard tuning scale that we're going to drill - the major pentatonic scale....Length: 12:45
Ariel now turns our attention to open E tuning. Because of the tuning intervals, this...Length: 6:27
This part of the course focuses on becoming as comfortable and familiar as possible with...Length: 16:10
Now on to the minor scale in open E tuning. Remember, the practicing and repetitions...Length: 15:24
The minor pentatonic scale is perhaps the most familiar scale that we all know in standard...Length: 12:38
And finally, we use this lesson to drill the major pentatonic scale in open E tuning....Length: 12:19
Now that we've learned all of our primary scales using the slide, it's time to look a...Length: 8:41
In this lesson, Ariel shows us what it takes to play certain scales "behind the slide".Length: 17:53
One thing that playing behind the slide allows us to do is to expand our chord vocabulary...Length: 19:14
The concept of playing two notes at a time in a melodic line (double stops), is certainly...Length: 14:28
So often when we put a slide on our finger we feel like we have to totally re-invent the...Length: 10:33
Now we begin to look at the subtleties of playing slide guitar - the articulations. Perhaps...Length: 3:45
Getting a good tone when playing slide is less about amps and guitars and more about fingers...Length: 4:55
Playing with dynamics is a concept that applies to all types of guitar playing, but perhaps...Length: 5:09
Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys...Length: 7:21
Expanding on the idea of making good use of our other fingers while also using the slide,...Length: 7:57
When we think of slide guitar, it's not a stretch to think of other instruments like lap...Length: 14:39
Now Ariel looks at the same licks in open E tuning. Although they are basically the same,...Length: 13:15
Droning certain notes while playing with the slide over the top of them is a favorite...Length: 10:30
While droning the bottom strings and playing high string lends itself more to a "solo"...Length: 10:40
Up until now, we've only droned two strings at once. In this lesson, Ariel uses the top...Length: 8:36
The way we see notes in our heads dictates a lot in our playing and note choice. Sometimes...Length: 7:25
Now it's time to pull together all the things that we've been working on, and let those...Length: 5:07
The differences between standard and open tuning are subtle, but there are "flavor" differences...Length: 3:22
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)