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    Default Blues w/slide

    I almost never play mandolin with a slide...had a student ask me about it, and quickly recorded this little ditty as a demonstration. Doesn't sound as bad as I thought it would

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjEarsy4u6o

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    Thanks, Phil. That's great. What tuning do you use?

    Steve James has a slide mandolin tune in Roots and Blues Mandolin, p.42-3.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Thanks Phil. Standard mandolin tuning.

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    Sorry, Steve. I don't know if I'm going blind or senile. I see that I did call you "Steve" on your last thread.
    I'm puzzled though as I've always heard that you need open tuning to play slide mandolin.
    Now, I'll try to figure out who Phil is, and what I wanted to say to him.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    The ever elusive Phil.
    You can play slide in any tuning, it just takes a fair amount of right hand muting.

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    Default Re: Blues w/slide

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Cunningham View Post
    The ever elusive Phil.
    You can play slide in any tuning, it just takes a fair amount of right hand muting.
    Clearly, YOU can slide in standard tuning.
    Phil will be excited to know!
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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