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Blues Slide Guitar  NEW

If you’re a guitar player, go south into the early American blues, using soulful steel slide guitar sound.

If you have the basics of guitar playing, you’ll be able to get started on the techniques and how to use them as part of your regular guitar practice. Ben will take you through the basics, including the types of slides used in playing and the different sounds you can create. He will also spend time on how to open tune your guitar for slide playing and how to use a capo for blues slide. You’ll also learn the history of slide blues guitar and play some of the classics, including the crossroads legend Robert Johnson, as well as Muddy Waters and R.L Burnside.

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  • Adults: $231.00
  • Under 18: $231.00

Prices include GST


Age 15+
Skill Level Intermediate
Time slot Afternoons only
Status Available.
Location Bellingen Scout Hall

More about the course

Day One

The basics of slide guitar


  • Open G tuning
  • Open G slide Licks


'Come on in My Kitchen', Robert Johnson

Day Two


  • 12 bar blues chords in open G
  • Open G slide licks


'Walking Blues', Robert Johnson

Day Three


  • Open D tuning
  • Blues Licks in Open D


'Wish I was in Heaven Sitting Down', R.L. Burnside

Day Four

Using a Capo


  • Open E with capo licks


'Baby Please Don’t Go'

Day Five


  • Open minor tunings
  • Blues Licks


'Born Under a Bad Sign', Albert King


Ben Goodger

Ben Goodger

Ben is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and has taught and performed as a classical, jazz and blues musician for the past ten years. He currently resides in Northern New South Wales where he performs blues, gypsy jazz and classical guitar and teaches music privately.

Ben learned the harmonica as an adult and remembers how it feels to learn a new instrument. This makes him a great teacher for beginners on the harmonica.

Course Requirements

  • A steel-string guitar. You'll need to have some experience playing the guitar but be a beginner in slide blues guitar.
  • A metal slide is recommended, specifically because it won’t break and can be found easier if it is dropped, but it’s up to the participant's personal preferences.
  • A guitar tuner is also recommended.
  • Thumb pick 

Please contact Ben at bgoodger@gmail.com if you have any questions or need more info.



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