In this lesson I take a look at the awesome Loser by Beck. There’s a bluesy slide guitar riff, a sitar part, and a couple of little tremolo guitar parts too. This song provides a great way of getting into slide guitar if you’ve never attempted it before. I’m playing the song in open D tuning, which I believe is the way Beck does it.
It’s not necessary to be particularly proficient with a slide in order to play this song (a bit of messiness is part of its charm) but here are a few tips to get you started:
- Wear the slide on your little finger as it leaves your other fingers free to fret chords.
- Don’t press too hard as you’ll end up fretting the notes with the slide.
- For a note or chord to be in tune the slide needs to be directly on top of the fret, not behind it as when you are fingering notes normally.
- It’s a good idea to lightly touch the strings behind the slide with your other fingers to damp any unwanted string resonance.
Feel free to ignore all this stuff and just jump right in though…