Playing techniques for guitar

Multimedia tutorials for practicing guitar

 
Playing Open Chords

Playing Open Chords

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Open chords are absolutely necessary and very easy to perform. We distinguish between major, minor and seventh chords. They are played on the lower end of the fretboard, near the guitar’s head...

Playing Basic Bar Chords

Playing Basic Bar Chords

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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The bar (or barring) technique allows you to transpose any chord whatsoever – be it a major, minor or seventh chord. For transposing open E chords (EM, Em, E7) you will use the root/tonic on the E...

Other Bar Chord Forms

Other Bar Chord Forms

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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In addition to the basic major, minor and seventh bar chords, you should get to know the other bar chord forms, which allow you to play one and the same chord along the entire fretboard. In order to...

Playing Chord Sequences

Playing Chord Sequences

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Once you’ve internalized open and bar chords, you’ll find that there are numerous possibilities of playing the same harmonic progression. Nevertheless, it’s best to be able to regroup the chords to...

Playing Power Chords

Playing Power Chords

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Power chords, which are indicated with a “5”, basically consist of a root/tonic and a fifth. You have the possibility to double or triple these notes by playing them one or two octaves higher. Because...

Legato Techniques (Hammer-on & Pull-off)

Legato Techniques (Hammer-on & Pull-off)

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Legato or articulation techniques allow you to play several notes with only one right hand stroke, smoothing the connection between the notes. A hammer-on enables you to play two consecutive ascending...

Bending Techniques

Bending Techniques

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Bending the strings produces a very expressive melodic effect that is indissolubly linked to blues, rock and heavy metal guitar. This technique enables you to connect two notes situated half a step...

Sliding Techniques

Sliding Techniques

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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The sliding technique, which considerably facilitates lateral movement, is particularly effective in contexts such as blues, rock, heavy metal, or jazz. To be able to perform a slide perfectly, you...

Playing Legato

Playing Legato

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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With just one stroke of the right hand (or even none at all) you have the possibility to perform a whole lot of notes only using your left hand by employing playing techniques, such as hammer-on, pull...

Alternate Picking with a Plectrum

Alternate Picking with a Plectrum

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Alternating downstrokes with upstrokes is an elementary technique every guitar player should master! It will allow you to play fluidly and rapidly. Therefore it is absolutely indispensable for soloing...

Hybrid Picking

Hybrid Picking

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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This playing technique, which is now used in every musical style, allows you to combine finger-picking (mostly the middle finger) and flat-picking (using a plectrum) with the right hand. This...

First Sweep-Picking Lessons

First Sweep-Picking Lessons

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Sweep-picking consists in letting your pick glide over the strings, letting it ‘sweep’ downwards, from low to high strings, and upwards, from high to low strings. When you don’t move to a different...

Finger Stretching

Finger Stretching

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Finger stretching exercises are absolutely essential for a large number of solo licks and accompaniments – be they in chords or arpeggios; this is illustrated by numerous musical examples included in...

Finger Independence

Finger Independence

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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The ability to move fingers independently is crucial to all guitar players – for comping/accompanying, as well as for solo playing. If you don’t have this skill, you will neither be able to play fast...

Splitting into Eighth Notes

Splitting into Eighth Notes

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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When splitting beats a continuous down-up strum pattern is maintained, regardless of whether or not strings are hit. By doing this you achieve perfect, faultless timing. This applies not only to...

Splitting into Sixteenth Notes

Splitting into Sixteenth Notes

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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When splitting beats a continuous down-up strum pattern is maintained, regardless of whether or not strings are hit. By doing this you achieve perfect, faultless timing. This applies not only to...

Rhythmic Single-Note-Figures

Rhythmic Single-Note-Figures

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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What we have here are the famous essentially melodic rhythm grooves generally found in soul and funk music. To achieve that specific single-note-sound, you will have to cope with sound muting and...

String Skipping

String Skipping

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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The practice of string skipping, notably in the context of solo play, allows for great distances between intervals and gives you the possibility to use original and savory melodic formulas. This...

Horizontal Playing

Horizontal Playing

Author: How 2 Play Guitar
Contents: Multimedia PDF
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Horizontal playing, as opposed to vertical, consists in fully exploiting a chord or similar group of chords in order to promote the homogeneity of the sound. By abstaining from frequently changing...