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watrr
07-18-2012, 07:46 AM
I was just playing on a bench yesterday here at lajolla shores, san diego when an old dude came skating by and was stoaked. talked a bit then he came back with his guitar and a slide on his finger. we jammed for two hours, and he was teaching me blues!!! he let me try the slide on my uke and I fell in love with the sound subsequently buying three different kinds on my phone right after he left. anybody play slide on their uke that could help me with some tips?? BLUES!!!

WhenDogsSing
07-18-2012, 07:55 AM
I was just playing on a bench yesterday here at lajolla shores, san diego when an old dude came skating by and was stoaked. talked a bit then he came back with his guitar and a slide on his finger. we jammed for two hours, and he was teaching me blues!!! he let me try the slide on my uke and I fell in love with the sound subsequently buying three different kinds on my phone right after he left. anybody play slide on their uke that could help me with some tips?? BLUES!!!

Tune to an open chord such as C, G, D, E. Each will be different and you'll find the one you like the best. I use a glass Coricidin bottle for a slide, I think glass sounds the best.

OldePhart
07-18-2012, 08:00 AM
I've fooled around with one a bit. It's pretty tough on nylon strings. I'm going to try again one of these days after putting some heavier strings on my coffee can resonator uke.

Of course, I've never been able to play slide worth a darn on guitar, either!

WhenDogsSing
07-18-2012, 09:53 AM
One thing about playing slide on ukuleles is that the shorter scale length of a ukulele doesn't give you as much "wiggle room" in hitting notes correctly. It does require a little more precision and control in your slide hand.

webby
07-18-2012, 03:51 PM
I use a dobro tone bar to slide on the eleuke.

Ron
07-18-2012, 04:22 PM
This is a great New Zealand trio called The Nukes doing an original - "Facebook Wall". Ben plays slide a bit on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k1OEbWj6G4s

stevepetergal
07-18-2012, 04:24 PM
Mya Moe makes slide ukuleles. Here's Eric Keim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qMHkYM6ZtI

SweetWaterBlue
07-18-2012, 04:55 PM
I use a dobro tone bar to slide on the eleuke.


I've always heard you need pretty high action to play slide effectively. Do you have any trouble with it on the Eleuke? My eleuke has pretty low action

webby
07-18-2012, 06:10 PM
yeh it's not ideal for it, just have to find the right amount of pressure to not hit the frets, i found putting tenor aquilas not concerts on it really helped.

watrr
07-18-2012, 11:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Jwf9rfzm4&list=FL9hYwiKqshD_cy24oL5SU5g&index=3&feature=plpp_video

this is kind of the stuff i wanna learn to play.



thanks for the tip whendogsing, i'll mos def try that out! i actually pulled a scrap piece from a friends bicycle handlebar and been using it to play around with on sliding

OldePhart
07-19-2012, 06:21 AM
actually pulled a scrap piece from a friends bicycle handlebar and been using it to play around with on sliding

I have this mental image of the look on your friend's face as he's riding down the street when the fork drops out of the downtube and he flips end over end... :)

John

watrr
07-19-2012, 07:54 AM
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I have this mental image of the look on your friend's face as he's riding down the street when the fork drops out of the downtube and he flips end over end... :)

John


HAhaha! that's terrible!!

lozarkman
07-19-2012, 12:47 PM
Mark Nelson is really good with slide, and has several slide songs/tabs in one of his books. Check out his site and CD's. Good stuff!!! http://mark-o.com/ Lozark

fumanshu
07-19-2012, 03:03 PM
playing slide on regular uke with nylon strings just does'nt give the right tone to my ears...That's why I decide to go with a squareneck lap steel uke with acoustic guitar strings and very high action....and fretless of course....and it gives something like this....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoP8AHzqeM8&list=UUcjwKeCxQpwhdmqbrFU3dWw&index=6&feature=plcp

Nickie
07-19-2012, 05:34 PM
I too, bought a glass slide. I didn't care for the way it sounded on my uke. It looks nice on my shelf, though...