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Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:44:17 pm »
Hi

I've learnt Gospel Blues on electric guitar, simply because I didn't want to try to deal with learning a new song and struggling with acoustic slides at the same time, but now I have come to play it on my acoustic (steel string) it can be hard to make out the sound of the slides sometimes because of the scratchy noise created by sliding down steel strings.  I've tried it with more pressure, with less pressure and nothing seems to help. The problem seems to be worse with the three finger slide than the one finger barre, but they're all a problem.
Maybe it's just a case of my not plucking the strings loud enough that the notes drown out the noise of the strings?  Has anyone else had this problem?
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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 06:04:01 pm »
I get the same thing ... fast fret may help

different types of strings maybe?

I just live with it and don't worry about it too much

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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 07:52:33 pm »
Now you know why they eat a lot of fried chicken down south.  ;)
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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 09:41:17 pm »
and drink a lot of bourbon.........
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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 11:55:35 am »
...It`s the BLUES ! It doesn`t matter if it`s a bit scratchy !? :)

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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 11:27:24 pm »
There's a spray called "Finger Ease" that helps. Also helps with sore fingers from playing.

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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 03:46:33 am »
That "scratchy" sound is one of the signature elements of slide guitar...

If you really want to get rid of it, use flatwound strings, but you'll lose a lot of the crispness when you pluck the strings (thuddy I think one person here called them).
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Re: Avoiding Scratchy noise whilst sliding (Gospel Blues)
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 05:56:49 pm »
 I'd just go with it man, that scratchy sound is something that I actually really like :)

 other than flat wound strings, you can also try putting a bit of talcum powder on you hands, but that will screw strings real quick (old session trick when the strings are scratching too much)
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