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How To Practice Slide Guitar: Drones

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

One of the biggest learning curves that comes with learning slide is acquiring the proper intonation. Intonation is the overall accuracy in pitch in playing your instrument. While frets can be used to delineate the different notes on guitar when played without slide, it is not the case with slide. The frets can be used as a visual reference, but the real trick is training your ear to recognize these differences in pitch.

One of my favorite exercises to work on my intonation is playing with drones. Drones offer a nice continuous sound in the key of your choosing that is used to improve your intonation and improvisational abilities. Playing with drones will not only improve your ear, but will also help your reflexes, and your ability to hear melodies in your head. I have included a link to a cello drone video below for you to mess around with. Post below any videos of you playing with the drone!


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