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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Sam


Duane Allman and Derek Trucks on Trouble No More Slide Solos

Trouble No More Slide Solos

The Allman Brothers have been known for decades for their blues inspired playing.  The band’s core sound centers around Duane Allman’s slide solos in the early years and more recently with Derek Trucks’ slide playing.  Thanks to a Facebook request, we are going to look at the slide solos from both players on this ABB classic.

Tune to Open E

Slide players typically use open tunings for playing slide solos.  Open E, open D, and Open A are all common slide tunings.  Duane and Derek both use Open E tuning which is, low to high, E B E G# B E.  Tune the 5th and 4th strings up a whole step each, and your 3rd string up a half step.  It helps to use heavier strings, either 10 or 11 gauge.  If you are nervous about tuning up, you can also tune to Open D (D A D F# A D) and add 2 frets to the transcription.

Duane Allman’s Slide Solo

First we’ll check out Duane Allman’s solo.  His playing is very influenced by some of the Chicago blues greats, like Elmore James, and other blues greats like BB King.

The tune is in the key of D, so we’ll play all around the 10th fret.  One great thing about playing slide guitar is that you can stay in basically the same position and still get many of the classic blues licks.  Once you find your root position (based on the low E string) you can play that fret and the notes two frets below.  In our case we’re using the 10th and 8th frets.

One technique that Duane use all the time in his slide solos is playing one note, and sliding into that note a second time.

Duane Allman Slide SoloDerek Trucks Slide Solo

Derek Trucks is a guitar prodigy who  was playing with the Allman Brothers Band by the age of 20.  He brings a completely unique approach to the slide guitar, combining the typical blues influences with jazz and world music influences.  He has studied Hindustani music as well as the Delta Blues.

His slide solo on Trouble No More really highlights his blues influence, and not surprisingly, his influence from Duane Allman.  The solo does not stay in the same general area, like Duane’s.  He does start in the 10th position but quickly goes to the 17th position for the higher notes.  In bar 5 and 6, Derek takes a Duane lick from “Statesboro Blues” on the ABB classic recording, Live at the Fillmore.

Derek Trucks Slide SoloWho are your favorite slide guitarists?  Use the comments below to mention your favorite players and performances.


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