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Old 01-13-2019, 07:07 AM
Silly Moustache Silly Moustache is offline
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Hi, I have also done this for many years, but playing slide (bottleneck) on my National taught me an important lesson.

Many (including me) thought that you needed a high action on a resonator in order to play slide but this complicates what fretting you need for chording etc.

Therefore I changed my set up n my national to the same action with same gauge strings as my dreads etc. (EJ17s) and learnt that you need to plat AND play slide as lightly as possible and put the power in with the picking hand.

THEN --- I realised that those clever folk who can play really fast had already learned the technique of fretting as lightly as possible.

Frankly as an old bluegrass rhythm guitarist, I'm still struggling with this, but I recommend it!
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