The secrets of BOTTLENECK The time has come to take up, physically and metaphorically, two great instruments of the Blues, or a resophonic guitar and a so-called bottleneck, or that glass, ceramic or metal cylinder used to play the slide guitar and whose name derives from the bottle necks originally cut and rounded by the old bluesmen for this purpose. Speaking of resophonics, a resonator guitar also called Dobro from the name of its own inventors, it is the instrument that naturally matches the use of the bottleneck in Blues.
Together, the two give rise to that typical sound that has been recorded on thousands of records and that at first could be heard on the streets of the South American states.
As we said, bottlenecks can be made of various materials and depending on which we choose the sound changes, sometimes not a little. Marco Manusso today will give us some practical indications in this regard, even if since it is an object that must be firmly anchored to our finger, the choice of him becomes a very personal fact. And of course, you can have more types of bottlenecks, depending on the guitar we use, apart from the dobro, for example, an acoustic or an electric one.
The secrets of the BOTTLENECK, having said that, we will also see what are the key principles of using the bottleneck, to avoid unwanted noises and a bad sound.