Blues Bottleneck Slide

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Orville Johnson

Bottleneck slide guitar is a method of playing the guitar using a slide to mimic the sound of the human voice. The term slide is describes the sliding motion of the slide against the strings, while bottleneck refers to the original material of choice for such slides, which were originally chopped off necks of glass bottles. Using a slide can expand the aural diversity of the guitar and give another avenue for expressiveness.

12 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Orville Johnson, an acoustic blues master, will delve into the world of slide guitar head first. He will discuss the slide, it's history and move on to teaching slide technique and related compositions.


Bottleneck Slide Basics

Orville Johnson covers the basics of the bottleneck slide. He talks about the history of slide guitar, choosing a slide, and proper technique.

26:49 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

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You've Got to Move

Orville Johnson uses his version of the traditional blues song, "You've Got to Move," to demonstrate proper slide guitar technique.

18:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Trouble In Mind

Orville Johnson teaches the classic blues song "Trouble In Mind" using a slide.

21:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Soul of a Man

Orville teaches a beautiful slide guitar arrangement of "Soul of a Man."

8:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Country Blues

Orville Johnson teaches the catchy tune "Country Blues" in a slide guitar style.

22:13 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


John Henry

Orville teaches the song "John Henry" using a slide.

22:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sitting on Top of the World

Orville Johnson teaches a slide guitar version of the classic blues tune "Sitting on Top of the World."

23:32 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Rag

"Guitar Rag" was one of the first blues songs ever recorded. Orville Johnson teaches a slide guitar version of this masterpiece.

15:36 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Tampa Red Style

Orville Johnson explores the slide guitar style of Tampa Red.

18:11 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Mississippi Hill Country Style Part 1

Orville Johnson takes a look at Mississippi Hill Country style in open G tuning.

18:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Mississippi Hill Country Style Part 2

Orville Johnson takes another look at Mississippi Hill Country style, this time in open F tuning.

19:38 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bottleneck Slide Techniques

Orville breaks down some of the more advanced bottleneck slide techniques such as string dampening and playing fretted notes behind the slide.

37:33 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Seattle, Washington
  • Playing since 1970
  • 128 lessons at JamPlay

Orville moved to Seattle, Washington in 1978, where he was a founding member of the much-loved and well-remembered folk/rock group, the Dynamic Logs. Other musical associates include Laura Love, Ranch Romance, File' Gumbo Zydeco Band, Scott Law, and the Twirling Mickeys. Johnson, known for his dobro and slide guitar stylings and vocal acrobatics, has played on over 100 albums. He has appeared on Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion, Jay Leno's Tonight Show and was featured in the 1997 film Georgia with Mare Winningham. His musical expertise can also be heard on the Microsoft CD-ROMs, Musical Instruments of the World and the Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball. He teaches as well at the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Country Blues Week and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.

Orville released 4 recordings in the 1990's: The World According to Orville (1990) Blueprint for the Blues (1998) Slide & Joy (1999) an all-instrumental dobro tour de force and Kings of Mongrel Folk (1997) with Mark Graham. He also appeared on 4 discs with the File' Gumbo Zydeco Band and produced Whose World Is This (1997) for Jim Page and Inner Life (1999) for Mark Graham. In the 21st century, he has released Freehand, a new Kings of Mongrel Folk disc, Still Goin' Strong, and been featured in the soundtracks of PBS' Frontier House and the Peter Fonda flick The Wooly Boys as well as the compilation cd Legends of the Incredible Lap Steel Guitar.
Reviews & Feedback 93/100 with 121 ratings

All three of the above! Thanks so much!

marshall laney

great stuff love the blues !


I love this teacher!


My first Orville class has been most enjoyable and I forward to more.

geoffrey norman

Nice, friendly and plain speaking is Orville.


This is divine! I very much liketh how thee teachest.


Thanks a lot for nice lesson :)))))


Thanks...I appreciate the lesson


Very well taught with clear breakdowns of the licks!