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Guitar Tutorial: Guide To Various Techniques Pt 2


Jan 18 2007, 02:38 AM (Post #1)
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This lesson concludes what I will cover for the many techniques on guitar. These are alot more basic than part 1. No introductions this time. Let's cut to the chase, shall we?


Hammer Ons: A hammer on is performed by simply hammering a finger on your fret hand to whatever note you're wanting. Most of the time, you will pick one fret, and want to do a hammer onto another fret after that. To do this, you pick the fret, keep that particular finger held down on the fret, and place another finger onto whichever fret you wish. Below is an example of a hammer on in tablature format. Perform this one on your guitar as well. For every h, there is a hammer on to the note after it.

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--3h5--



Pull Offs: This one alot of people enjoy using in solos, licks, and is essential to fret tapping. A pull off is pretty much what it's called. You go to the desired fret, and pull your finger off of it. It's pretty much picking the string with a finger on your fret hand, after it was on one of the frets. Most people like to mix hammer ons and pull offs together. Try the tab below. The way you read it is the same way you read the hammer ons, except with a p.

--5p3--|-3h5p3--
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Fret Tapping: This technique, while easy to do the basics of it, is pretty challenging to master, and get into more complicated things. But man it sounds awesome. You guys all know about the Van Halen style tapping I hope. Distortion is highly recommended for this as well! The idea here is basically doing hammer ons and pull offs with both hands. Yes, both hands. So put your pick down. Here is a basic tapping lick that I want you to do below. Repeat this and keep picking up your speed. Soon it should sound almost like you're shredding. Remember to start out slow if you want any accuracy. I'll explain step by step how this tab is performed below for those of you who still don't get it. Another thing, is that not everyone uses the exact same format when they're tabbing fret tapping, however if you're familiar enough with the technique, you should be able to read any tabs that require fret tapping.

--t12p9p7--
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First, put your index finger on the 7th fret, and your ring finger on the 9th fret. Now, you will tap the 12th fret, pull off to the 9th fret, and then pull that one off to the 7th. To repeat that, keep your index finger where it is. Tap the 12th fret again, while the 12th fret is ringing, you will hammer onto the 9th fret, but make sure not to let the 9th fret sound until it is needed. After you pull off of the 12th fret, you will be repeating the whole process again from how you started. Pull off from the 12th onto the 9th, and pull that off to the 7th. Pretty simple. It would be easier if I could take a video of myself showing you how, it'd be alot easier to explain. If you STILL don't get it, look up a video or something of somebody using the fret tapping technique.


Slides: Slides are used in various genres. From Blues, to Metal. The purpose?.. It adds pizazz. The technique is simple. While you're on a certain fret or chord, just slide down the neck to whatever part of the neck you desire. Put your finger on the 2nd fret on the low E (thickest) string, and hold it down, while sliding it to the 9th fret of the same string. Here is how it looks in tab format.

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--2/9--


String Bend: Any idiot can do this. Most know how to do it even if it is their first time to pick up a guitar. You have a finger on a certain fret, and you simply pull down (or push up, depending on what string and what the situation is), having the string slide against the bars on the fretboard. The purpose is to change the pitch in the certain note, which can also eventually make you go to a whole new note. Do this very very short tab below. The b stands for bend. Some will have a fret in parenthesis beside the b, which means to match the pitch of whichever number fret it says.

--10b(12)--
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Vibrato: You know how a singer, especially one with a loud and powerful voice holds a note, it has that vibrating type sound in their throat? Kind of like a tremolo effect, it changes pitch and sometimes volume consistently. You can do this on a guitar as well! Simply do a string bend, and push/pull it up and down however much you wish, to give the note that "singing" sound. Don't take this technique lightly. It can add a lot of depth and emotion to your playing. Tab is below. The ~ stands for vibrato. When you see this, think of the pitch going up and down.

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Well, that's it. Keep practicing.


This post has been edited by Wrath: Jan 18 2007, 02:39 AM
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