On this comprehensive lesson in bottleneck slide guitar, Mike Dowling reveals the powerful techniques that put him in high demand during a long and successful career as both a solo artist and a Nashville session guitarist. East coast Piedmont blues is Mike's forte, and in this clear and articulate DVD workshop he helps you discover the vast possibilities inherent in fingerpicking-style slide guitar. Using mainly open D tuning, Mike takes examples from traditional blues (Mean Ol'Frisco, Stranger Here, Tampa Red's Boogie Woogie Dance) as well as his own original compositions (Swamp Dog Blues and the haunting, Jan's song), breaking each tune down in detail. Never losing sight of the melody, he explores often overlooked tricks that are sure to enhance both your slide playing and your overall musicianship. You'll learn how to incorporate fretted chord forms with your slide work and employ the crisp right hand picking patterns that will keep it all moving along. Mike teaches turnarounds and syncopations, damping techniques for the right and left hand, and refinements for vibrato that will make even the simplest lines sound rich and musical.