Few skill set every guitarist must have
Here are the details of these important techniques and why
they're so vital for every guitarist.
RHYTHM GUITAR FUNDAMENTALS
This technique literally opens up the entire music spectrum
on your guitar allowing you to play many different chords
using the same fingering! One of the key ingredients to
understanding everything on the fretboard!
MULTI-STRING ALTERNATE PICKING
This is an absolute necessity for rhythm playing. Your
chords come to life when you can separate which strings are
being sounded. This is one method guitarists use to play
different chord voicings.
This essential technique allows you to create dynamics in
your playing. There is a noticeable difference in the sound
of the note when you play it open and muffled. If you don't
muffle correctly, you totally kill your notes.
This is when you *do* want to kill your notes! Again...
dynamics. You must know how to totally silence your guitar
whether it's during or at the end of a song... and do it in
time with the music.
This technique allows you to play individual notes of chords
using a pick and has endless possibilities. It's been used
on literally a million songs.
Another dynamic technique that, when used properly and "in
time" lets listeners know that you are a *rock machine*!
Can you slide from the 6th string, 3rd fret to the 6th
string 15th fret in time with an average tempo? Sliding is
only part of it. You have to stay in time with your music
and land on your target note with authority.
LEAD GUITAR FUNDAMENTALS:
HAMMER-ONS and PULL-OFFS
To me, these two techniques are the very essence and
foundation of stylistic guitar playing. I equate it to a
baby learning to crawl. Without the development of crawling,
then standing up, walking, running, balancing on one foot or
becoming a professional athlete is impossible down the road.
I consider this an advanced technique. The best guitarists
execute extremely fast trills and *always* stay in time with
the music. Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower come to mind as
RIGHT HAND TAPPING
When I hear the word "tapping", I always think of Eddie Van
Halen. Although he didn't actually invent this technique, he
greatly expanded on it, turned it into an art form and thus
creating a new standard technique for the guitar. Once you
understand the fundamentals, you can take your playing where
it's never been before!
This is another technique that has the equivalent of
crawling then walking. Bending notes on guitar is one of the
most used techniques for self expression and cultivating a
guitarist's individual style.
A creative variation of standard string bending for even
more dynamic guitar playing.
COMBINING BENDS AND TAPS
A lot of players don't realize that combining techniques
yields POWERFUL results! This is the incubator of creative
playing in action!
You may already know that you can play natural harmonics at
the 5th fret... maybe not... but did you know that there are
other frets too? Do you know what the actual notes of these
harmonics are so you can use them correctly in music? Do you
know how to attack them properly to get the best possible
Also known as pinch harmonics, this techniques lets you play
the squealing harmonic of any note you choose. I can't
stress enough how important this is for every guitarist...
especially rockers! I'm reminded of an email I received from
a student asking how Zakk Wylde created those killer squeals
on the tune "No More Tears"... artificial harmonics baby!
SINGLE STRING ALTERNATE PICKING
This is it man! It took me way too long to master this
technique. I didn't really know how to practice it. That's
why I included it in this course... so you can get there
faster than I did! Mastering this technique sets you apart
from most guitarists.
Vibrato is so necessary that without it, your playing is
simply lifeless. This technique ranks right up there with
hammer-ons and pull-offs as being the most important skill
to develop. You see masters of any stringed instrument using
vibrato to breath life into the notes being played.
Another technique that sets you apart from other players.
Volume swells are used to create haunting melodies and
powerful chord surges. Most guitarists don't use this
technique... which is one of the reasons *I do*.
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