One of the biggest problems for a new slide player to overcome is “slide rattle” and clang ,when the slide catches the wrong string in the wrong way and the string rattles against it . it can make your tune sound like 2 skeletons humping on a tin roof using a tin can as a condom . ;-)
So, I pondered for a while on what would help new slide players avoid this discouraging hurtle.
I came up with an idea.. and thought , “that might work” , but I never really got around to trying it out . till last night . And guess what? It not only works,… but works damn well!
I figured guitar mutes have a felt or furry surface , but I would need something that the string could cut through or find its way through to get to the hard surface of a slide, yet dampen it on the way in, and out ,and to a lighter accidental touch .
The solution ?....wrap the slide in yarn . in a spiral fashion , no glue , no cross-knit , just wrap it like a string on a tuner . the string gets through the “fur” and hits the metal , but is buffered on the way in and out . and any accidental contact with other strings is hushed , as is open ringing . Giving you a warm , clear, un-klangy sound . it’s actually hard to make it rattle deliberately it works so well.
I could not believe this worked so well and after a google search is seems nobody else has tried it .
I could sell these like hotcakes , but the concept is so simple to diy. . so , I am sharing it with you . anywho , this is how I made mine .
Use “SWIRL” type yarn. (normal yarn may work but, this is what I used . )
Pull out a long piece of yarn about the length of your arm x3 and cut it .. run a piece along one side of the slide , hold the top , take the other end of yarn and start wrapping around the slide (leave the short piece running along the slide and cover it as you wrap it .
Full wrap then cut and tie the ends in a double knot .
Tada ! try the witch wrap . you will be glad you did , and your rattle is gone / cured ! but you can still play slide as usual . (maybe pushing a bit harder or you may loose some sustain , but you'll get it, , and eventually it will train you to not need it by adding natural confidence )
Yer welcome ;-)