Guitar Techniques: A Guide to Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Other Effects Part II
The guitar is an intrinsic part of the world of music. With guitar, you can create rich and engrossing music with different tones, depth, color and textures that make the guitar a pleasant instrument to hear and play. Professional musicians use variety of techniques and effects to make their music vivacious. So how do they accomplish these feats? There are number basic techniques that they use including Hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and etc. In this article we will be looking at some of those effects and how to use them in your music.
Technique #4: Guitar Slides
Used very often by guitarists to end a song with style, the slide let you connect any two notes on the fretboard. This can be from the 1st fret to 3rd fret or 10th fret to 1st fret. You can slide up and down the neck of the guitar. To do this follows the steps below:
1) Fret any finger on the fretboard.
2) Pluck the string with the fretted finger and at the same time drag up or drag down your finger to any desired fret.
3) Make sure not to put too much pressure on the finger you are sliding because sometimes your hand might stop at a different fret than intended.
Technique #5: String Bends
The string bend is an awesome technique for adding more life to your guitar solos, especially if you are a blues oriented guitar player. However it is one of the hardest techniques to master. The string bending experience can be a different based on the type of guitar you are playing. The higher the gauge (thickness) of the guitar strings, the harder it is to bend. For example the gauge of an electric guitar string is much lower than an acoustic guitar’s; hence it is easier to bend. Generally it is agreed that the bends are the hardest in the acoustic guitar. Also the string “bend-ability” decrease as you go down (up the fretboard) the frets. Follow the steps below to execute a string bend:
1) Finger two notes on the same string. The two notes can be a fret apart.
2) Grip the fretboard with your thumb. This will give your hand strength to bend the strings upward or downward. Don’t touch the 6th string though.
3) Pluck the string with the fingers on it and at the same time push the string upwards or downwards.
4) If you are bending the 1st or 2nd string, then only bend upwards.
5) Make sure to practice a lot with this method.
Technique #6: Vibrato
The vibrato is guitar effect used to ring out any given note. This extends the life of a note and adds a vibrating sound to your music. To use this technique follow the steps below:
1) Fret any note with a finger.
2) Pluck the string.
3) Move your fretted finger up and down rapidly.
4) The speed your finger moves determines the effect and the length of the note.
5) Make sure to practice with all your fingers.
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