A technique where a finger on the fretting hand maintains contact with a string while moving between two or more frets.
Slides are a versatile and expressive technique in guitar playing, used to create smooth, seamless transitions between notes and add a sense of fluidity to a performance. By maintaining pressure on a string while moving the finger from one fret to another, guitarists can produce a continuous, gliding sound that contrasts with the more defined attack of picked notes. Slides can be used in various musical contexts, such as melodic lines, chord embellishments, or as a way to connect different positions on the fretboard.
Developing a clean and controlled slide technique requires practice, focusing on finger strength, hand position, and timing. Incorporating slides into one’s playing can greatly enhance the expressiveness and individuality of a guitarist’s sound, helping to create a more engaging and memorable performance.
Check out these Licklibrary guitar Lessons and Courses to learn more about slides on guitar, and songs where this technique would be used.