Lead Guitar 101 - 9 - Video

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9 - Double Note Slides


Double Note Slides

Lesson Goals:

♦ Learn technique for doing a double note slide
♦ Practice playing double note slides
♦ Locate possible note combinations from minor pentatonic scale


Playing a double note slide is not much different than a single note slide. A double note slide can ascend or descend, and can be performed with one or more fingers.

The easiest double note slides occur on adjacent notes, thereby only requiring one finger to execute.


Look at the TAB below.

101 9 dbl note slides 1 01

There are three examples of one finger slides in the TAB above.These are all based on the "A" minor pentatonic scale.

The slide in the first measure is performed by placing the 1st finger across both the 1st and 2nd strings at the 7th fret, picking those two notes, and then sliding up to the 9th fret.

The second measure illustrates a slide that is similar to the previous one, except this time, when you reach the high point of the slide at the 9th fret, you will slide back down to the original starting point at the 7th fret. This should all be done as one fluid motion and only pick once.

The slide in the third measure starts off identical to the one in the second measure, but one more step is added. To finish the lick you will do a double note slide from the 3rd fret to the 5th fret.


Some double note slides that involve non-adjacent notes will require the use of two fingers to perform.

Look at the next example.

101 9 dbl note slides 2 01

There are three slides in the TAB above. The first two are identical.

The first two slides are formed using the 1st and 2nd finger. Once those fingers are in position on the 6th and 7th frets, they will remain in that same position for the two slides.

The third slide in this example is played using just the 1st finger.

Give it a try!


As with everything on the guitar, a great way to get an understanding of double note slides is to visualize the scale "pattern" you are using. Most of the notes you will slide are located within this pattern.

In the case of the minor pentatonic scale, let's take a look at just a few of the two note slide possibilities.

101 9 scale dbl note combos

Always try to keep an eye out for adding a two note slide to your lead playing, it produces a nice change of pace from single note picking.