- All the notes in this solo are performed using a slide.
- The slide guitar uses open E tuning.
- In our descriptions, the string names are given as that used in standard tuning.
- The song is in 12/8 time which still has four beats per measure like standard time, but with a triplet feel (count: 1 & a, 2 & a, 3 & a, 4 & a)
The first slide guitar solo in “Rocky Moutain Way” occurs during the song’s extended musical intro. It lasts eight measures. We’ll break down this solo into four parts (two measures at a time).
Here’s how to play it:
- Step 1: Create a strong vibrato on the 12th fret of the D string and hold it for almost the entire 1st measure
- Step 2: Leading into the 2nd measure, we’ll start a slow slide that begins at the 10th fret of the G string and carries up past the 11th and then onto the 12th fret (then we’ll rest)
- Step 3: After the rest in 2nd measure we’ll start on the 12th fret of the D string, slide down to the 10th, switch to the A string while on the 10th fret, then slide back up to the 12th fret
- Think of these two measures as being two separate phrases. The first phrase ends on the rest. The second phrase occurs in the latter half of that same measure.
- We’ll use the 2nd phrase again later when we put the entire solo together as pick up notes that lead into this first solo.