Learn the core guitar techniques used in both rhythm and lead guitar playing.
These online guitar lessons will teach you essential guitar techniques like hammer ons, pull offs, guitar bends, sweep picking, two handed tapping and more.
Learn the core guitar techniques used in both rhythm and lead guitar playing.
These online guitar lessons will teach you essential guitar techniques like hammer ons, pull offs, guitar bends, sweep picking, two handed tapping and more.
The song “Red Barchetta” from the band Rush starts with a melody that is played completely with what are called natural harmonics. A natural harmonic is produced when you lightly touch a guitar string at a specific point and pluck the string. You are not going to press the strings down against the fretboard like you do when you normally play a note. Instead you are just touching the string.
For more on how to play natural harmonics check out this guitar lesson. Natural Harmonics on the Guitar
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Here is the guitar tablature for the intro to “Red Barchetta” from Rush. The diamonds around the numbers indicated the harmonics. So you will just lightly touch your finger at those frets and pick the string.
Here is a little inspiration for you. This is Rush playing “Red Barchetta” live in 1980.
Everything you ever wanted to know about natural harmonics on the guitar…but were afraid to ask 🙂
A harmonic is a “bell like” tone that’s produced by just lightly touching a guitar string in a specific place with a left hand finger and plucking the string. What we’re going to be talking about in this guitar lesson are natural harmonics.
These harmonics are produced from the open strings of the guitar only. There are other techniques for playing harmonics (artificial harmonics, touch harmonics, tap harmonics, pinch harmonics) but they will be the subjects of another lessons.
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First we’re going to take a look at how to play natural harmonics on the guitar, and then look a little more in depth look at what they are. For the moment just think of harmonics as notes on the guitar that have a little different tone than normal notes.
Go to the 6th string and touch the tip of any finger to the string right above the 12th fret bar. Normally when you play a note at the 12th fret, you are pressing down just to the left of the 12th fret bar.
When playing a natural harmonic you’re going to be very lightly touching the string (not pressing down) over the fret bar, and not to the left. While lightly touching the it, pick the 6th string.
Right after you play the string, lift your left hand finger off. This will let the harmonic note ring louder and more clearly. If you were to leave your finger on the string, the harmonic would sound, but would be more muffled.
If you lift up your left hand finger to soon, then you will hear the open string. This takes a little practice to get the right timing.
Notation for guitar is far from being standardized. Here are some of the ways that you will see natural harmonics written in both tablature and standard notation.
The most common places to play natural harmonics are at the 12th, 7th, and 5th frets. Practice playing the harmonics on all of the strings at these frets. There are more places to play harmonics, and you will be learning them soon enough. But work on getting a good sound on these first.
OK, now you have a basic understanding of how to play natural harmonics on the guitar. Now let’s take a look at how they are created, and some other places you can get natural harmonics to ring.
Normally when you play the note at the 12th fret on any string, you are shortening the length of the string that is ringing and getting a higher pitch. The string is only ringing from the fret bar that you are pressing down at, to the bridge.
On the other hand, if you are playing the 12th fret harmonic, the string is actually ringing on both sides of where you are touching. The only part of the string that is not ringing is where you were touching the string.
The point of the string that is not ringing is called the node. The string is ringing in 2 divided sections.
Now play the harmonic at the 7th fret. What is happening here is that the string is ringing in 3 equal parts. There are 2 nodes, one where you touched the string at the 7th fret, and another at the 19 fret.
If you go to the 19th fret you will notice that the harmonic is exactly the same as the 7th. After you play the harmonic at the 7th fret, try touching the string at the 19th fret. You will notice that nothing happens. This is because the string is not ringing at that point. But if you touch the string in at any point other that the 7th or 19th frets, the string will stop ringing.
Next play the harmonic at the 5th fret. In this case the string is ringing in 4 equal parts. When you played the harmonics at the 7th and 19th frets, you got the same exact harmonic at both of these nodes.
In this case, only the 5th fret and the 24th fret will sound exactly the same, and the 12th fret will sound an octave lower. So even though the 12th fret is a node, and is a part of the string that is not ringing, you cannot get the same harmonic as the 5th fret to ring there.
A little confusing, I know. It all has to do with physics, and I don’t want to get into too much much physics in this lesson 🙂
Note that most guitars do not have 24 frets, but the node is where that fret would be.
The process of dividing the guitar string could continue. Each time the string is divided into more parts, and shorter parts.
The shorter the part that is ringing, the more difficult it is to get a harmonic to sound. In fact you will notice that on the last one I play in the video guitar lesson (dividing the string into 10 parts) doesn’t have all that strong of a sound. I have other guitars with different pickups that will produce a stronger sound.
Here are the places to play the different harmonics in the order of the number of parts the string is divided into. If you see decimals (3.2, 2.7, etc.) this is just an approximation of where you should put your finger. The higher harmonics do not fall right over the fret bars.
I could play other frets to get some of these same harmonics to ring. This is something that we will be taking a look at next. But here you can easily visualize the parts getting shorter as you move your hand towards the nut.
Be sure to use a lot of distortion if you are playing on an electric guitar. If you are playing an acoustic, you my have some trouble getting the higher harmonics to sound.
OK, here are all of the natural harmonics on the guitar. This does not include the ones that you could play beyond where the guitar has frets. It would be very difficult to explain where they are, so you can do your own experimenting.
When learning the names of the notes that are created by playing harmonics, there are two techniques you could use. One is to relate the pitch to the open string. The other is to relate the pitch to the note that would normally sound if your were to press down and play normally at that fret.
Which one you use will depend on the particular harmonic. I will explain both where it is practical and put a * next to the one I think is easiest to use.
You of course will need to know the names of the notes on the neck of the guitar. To understand things like Major 3rd, Perfect 5th etc., you will need to understand the some music theory and intervals.
Learning the basics of playing natural harmonics on the guitar is easy. Exploring all the possibilities is a little more of an adventure as you can see from this guitar lesson.
In this video guitar lesson I’m going to show you a slap bass groove applied to the guitar. So a slap guitar groove.
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This slap guitar groove was actually adapted from one of the grooves in my “Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals” course that can be found on the sister site to Cyberfret.com called CyberfretBass.com.
In the slap guitar groove tablature below any note without any thing indicated above are slapped. Any notes with “P” above are popped. The multiple x’s indicated a left hand hit ghost note. And the single x is a slapped single ghost note.
See lower on this page and in the video guitar lesson for more info on these guitar techniques.
Download an MP3 Jam Track to play with this slap guitar groove lower on the page in the “Guitar Lesson Downloads” area.
While slapping sounds cool on the guitar, we are really stealing slap bass techniques and playing them on the guitar.
The idea of the slap is that you’re going to “hit” the string with your right hand thumb. The 6th string is by far the easiest to slap on the guitar.
This slap is done partly from pivoting your forearm from your elbow, and part from a little flick of your wrist. Try to strike the string with the knuckle of the first joint of your thumb.
When you do strike the string, also think about your thumb kind of bouncing off of the string after playing. You want to think of this like a flicking motion from the wrist, not arm. It’s a relaxed wrist motion. You want to get in and get out.
There is a quick snap against the string and a quick release. You don’t want your thumb to stay on the string after striking it.
Also make sure that you’re not “plucking” the string with your thumb movement. The string is sounded by the force of your thumb hitting the string only. So it needs to come straight down on the string with no sideways movement.
The yang of the ying of slap style playing is what is called the pop. The “pop” sound is created by using your right hand index finger to pull a string out away from the fretboard, and then let it snap back down against the fretboard.
You want to keep your right hand first finger curved and just hook it underneath the string you are going to “snap”. Be sure not to pull your hand too far away from the strings after playing, and make as little motion as possible to get the sound. Be sure and keep your wrist relaxed.
Often when playing in a funk slap style you are going to have percussive sounds that have no pitch. These are sometimes referred to as ghost notes. . In tablature these are indicated as an x. you are going to slap the string at the same time you are touching it with your left hand to hear just a percussive “thud”.
With the Left Hand Hit Ghost Note, you are going to flatten out your left hand 2nd and 3rd fingers and smack the strings against the fretboard. You want to be very careful not to press down and sound any notes. You just want to hear a percussive sound with no pitch.
How I’m going to be notating this left hand percussive hit sound is with 4 X’s stacked on top of each other, and a “LH” above.
Below you can download an MP3 jam track as well as the guitar tablature for this lesson.
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Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals – How to play fun great sounding slap bass lines following a step-by-step system.
Make it squeal. Pinch harmonics are a type of artificial harmonic that can add another dimension to your lead guitar playing. Pinch harmonics are sometimes refereed to as pick harmonics or squealies. In this video guitar lesson I will take you through some steps to help you get a handle on pinch harmonics.
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While you can get pinch harmonics with a clean sound on your electric guitar, you’re going to have the best luck at first if you crank up your distortion to 10. You will also want to use your bridge pickup and be sure and have your guitar volume set to 10. That’s your guitar volume knob, not on your amp…you don’t want to blow the speakers on your amp 🙂
How easily you can coax pinch harmonics out of your guitar will really depend on the equipment you are using. If you just have a little 15-watt practice amp with built in distortion it might take quite a bit of effort to produce pinch harmonics.
In order to better understand pinch harmonics, you will want to have at least a basic understanding of natural harmonics.
There are certain places on the neck were you can just touch a string with a left hand finger, pluck the string and get a note to sound. Not pressing the string down like you might normally do, just lightly touching the string. I will stay away from all of the physics of why in this lesson.
Try touching the 6th string very lightly right above the 12th fret bar and then pick the string. Once you pick you can lift up your left hand finger. The note will continue to ring even after you have let go. That is a natural harmonic.
There are some other common places where you can play natural harmonics in addition to the 12th fret. They are at the 7th, 5th and 4th frets. There are more places as well, but that is all you need to understand at this point.
So now we are going to take some steps to help you learn how to play pinch harmonics. If you were to play a note on the 3rd string at the 5th fret, there would be multiple places were you could touch the string to the right of your left hand finger to get a harmonic to sound.
The problem is that your left hand is already busy, so you can’t use a left hand finger to touch the string like you did for the natural harmonics. Instead you are going to touch the string lightly with the tip of your right hand 2nd finger after picking the string.
So you will hear 2 notes. First will be the note on the 3rd string 5th fret, then the harmonic after you touch the string.
Where I want you to look for this harmonic is right above your neck pickup. Or about were your 24th fret would be if you had one. If you do have a guitar with 24 frets then you can find exactly where that is. At first it is going to take a little experimenting until you find the “sweet spot”.
Now I want you to do the same touch harmonic, but this time you are going to touch with the edge of your right hand thumb instead of the tip of your 2nd finger. Also you want to tuck your pick in close with very little of the tip sticking out from your first finger and thumb.
At this point it is still 2 notes that you will hear. The 3rd string 5th fret, and the harmonic right above the neck pickup.
A pinch harmonic is where you pick and touch the edge of your thumb on the point of the harmonic at the same time. So you will hear 1 note, not 2 separate notes.
It really depends on how you play the pinch harmonic. Sometimes you will hear a pure harmonic. Other times you will hear a combination of the fundamental note you are fretting with your left hand with the addition of the harmonic.
Once you can get a strong pinch harmonic right above your neck pickup, try finding some other sweet spots to the right of that. There are multiple places were you will find strong sounding harmonics.
It’s going to take some experimentation to find them. And that’s just with that note you have been playing on the 3rd string 5th fret. As you play other notes with your left hand the sweet spots move.
For instance if you played a note on the 3rd string at the 7th fret, you would have to move your right hand slightly to the right to find the “sweet spot”. You can just wing it, or you can map out your harmonic strategy on a particular riff or lick.
Guitarists like Zack Wylde have pinch harmonics down to a science.
In this guitar lesson you can ditch your pick as we take a look at some of the basics of playing fingerstyle guitar.
Whether you are a rock, country or folk guitar player (or other) …many of types of music use guitar fingerpicking as part of the style.
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Before you even start playing, I’m going to show you an exercise that’s going to train your right hand to make the correct motions for fingerpicking.
1. Put your right hand thumb on the 6th string.
2. Put your right hand 1st finger on the 3rd string.
3. Put your right hand 2nd finger on the 2nd string.
4. Put your right hand 3rd finger on the 1st string.
Keep your fingers curved with a slight arch in your wrist.
The whole idea here is that the main power of your fingerpicking motions should come from the big knuckle of your right hand. Your fingers have 3 sections, so I’m talking about the section attached directly to your hand.
You need to keep all of the segments of your fingers curved.
Now lift up your 1st finger so it’s hovering just above the 3rd string. Without plucking the string, swing your 1st finger back up towards the palm of your hand. Keep your finger curved and make sure you don’t accidentally sound any of the strings. You are going to be making bigger movements here than you will when you are actually playing, but you are exaggerating the motions at the moment.
By keeping all of your other fingers down touching the strings, you are helping to isolate the muscles of one particular finger. Your first finger is swinging like a pendulum from the point of your big knuckle. Do this at least 10 times before moving on to the next finger.
Now put your 1st finger back down on the 3rd strings, lift up your 2nd finger and go through the same process.
Put your 2nd finger back down on the 2nd string, and do the same exercise with your 3rd finger. Your 4th finger is just going to tag along with your 3rd finger here. You don’t really use your right hand 4th finger in fingerstyle playing, with the exception of some Flamenco strumming techniques.
Do the same exercise for your thumb as well. Your thumb has 3 joints of motion, and the one you are going to be using is up near your wrist.
Always keep your fingers to the right side of your thumb.
The 1st fingerpicking guitar pattern we are going to look at is in 4/4 time. Try this first with the open strings, and then you can plug it into some different chord progressions.
Hover your right hand fingers just over the strings you are going to be playing (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th). Then play the 6th string with your thumb, 3rd string with your 1st finger, 2nd string with your 2nd finger, and 1st string with your 3rd finger.
You are playing 8th notes here, so you will need to play the T123 pattern 2 times in a row to get one measure of 4/4 time.
The numbers you see below are the right hand fingers to use, and not the frets like you would see normally in tablature. The “T” stands for “Thumb”.
Now let’s plug that fingerpicking guitar pattern into a chord progression. In this case, just going from a G to a C chord. Notice how on the C chord your right hand thumb is playing the 5th string instead of the 6th. For basic fingerpicking guitar patterns, your thumb will play the lowest note you would normally strum if you were using a pick.
Even thought you are not playing all of the strings you would normally strum in these 2 chords, still place all of your fingers on the chord. For instance, even though you are not playing the 4th string in a C chord for this fingerpicking pattern, I want you to still place your left hand 2nd finger on the 4th string at the 2nd fret.
You are doing this for a couple of reasons. One is that if you accidentally play the 4th string, the note will be part of the chord and sound good. The other is that C is already a familiar chord shape, so it’s easier just to place your fingers down in a way they are already used to.
The next basic fingerpicking guitar pattern is in 3/4 time.
And now try playing this 3/4 fingerpicking guitar pattern going between a G and C chord.
What we have covered in this basic fingerpicking guitar lesson is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of different fingerstyle patterns and techniques to explore. The next thing you might try is to plug these basic fingerpicking guitar patterns into some other chord progressions. Then start to seek out some songs where you might be able to put your new found fingerstyle guitar skills to work.
Be sure and also check out my video guitar lesson covering Travis Picking. This is another very common style of fingerpicking.
Q: What about resting your right hand pinky on the guitar for better support?
A: I don’t really rest my right hand pinky on the guitar, because I find that it hinders the movement of my 3rd finger in this style of fingerpicking. There is another style of fingerpicking called “travis picking” that doesn’t use your 3rd finger as much, and so there are some guitar players who play in that style that often brace their right hand pinky.
Two handed tapping, tap guitar, fretboard tapping, or the “Van Halen thing”. These are all names for the same guitar technique.
Whether you want to play some electric guitar licks in the style of Van Halen, Allan Holdsworth or Kirk Hammett …or expand your acoustic guitar playing in the style of Michael Hedges, Andy McKee or Jon Gomm. This guitar lesson will get you started with basics of guitar tapping.
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The “tap” in right hand tapping is really just a hammer-on with a right hand finger, usually the 1st or 2nd. After tapping a note, the next step is to do a pull-off to another lower note fretted by a left hand finger.
Here are a few basic ways that you might tap on guitar. It can vary from guitar player to guitar player how they approach the guitar tapping technique.
1. Use your 2nd finger of your right hand for the tap. This lets you continue to hold your pick with your thumb and 1st finger normally. Doing this helps you move from picking to tapping smoothly.
2. Tap with your 1st finger on your right hand, and hold your pick with your 2nd finger and thumb. This still allows you to pick, and gives you the power of your first finger when hammering on to the fretboard. You can also hold on to the bottom of the neck of the guitar with your 3rd and 4th fingers for more support.
3. Tap with your 1st finger on your right hand, but tuck the pick into your 2nd finger. This can be a little tricky at first, but Eddie Van Halen does this a lot. You can also hold on to the bottom of the neck of the guitar with your 3rd and 4th fingers as well as use your thumb on the top of the neck for more support.
For text tablature found on the Internet the hammer-on or “tap” with your right hand is indicated with a “t” before the fret number. Pull-offs from your right hand are indicated with a “p”, like a normal pull-offs. A normal hammer-on with your left hand is indicated with an “h”.
Another way that you may see right hand tapping notated, is with a “+” above the tapped note, and ^ indicates a slur mark for the hammer-on and pull-off notation.
There could be other ways you might see tapping indicated when Reading Internet Guitar Tablature, but those are a couple of common ways.
Published tablature found in magazines and books usually uses a “T” above the tapped note. (See the next examples in this guitar lesson)
Here is probably the easiest and most common guitar tapping idea. You are going to tap the first note with your right hand 1st or 2nd finger. Then pull-off from that note to your left hand 1st finger, then hammer on your 3rd (or 4th) finger to the next note. This will give you a 3 note combination.
Since there are 3 different notes, this idea tends to be played as an 8th note triplet or a 16th note triplet. In a nutshell an 8th note triplet is when you play 3 notes for every beat, a 16th note triplet is 6 notes for every beat.
The minor pentatonic scale is a staple of rock improvisation. So when first learning to use two handed tapping in your guitar solos, the minor pentatonic is a good starting point.
Here is a basic minor pentatonic scale on the guitar.
Here is the minor pentatonic scale again. This time the dots in red represent some additional notes that you can use for tapping with your right hand. These are definitely not the only options, but these notes are all in the minor pentatonic scale. Try playing the basic 3 note tapping combination you learned above on every string. Tap the highest note, pull off to the lowest note, then hammer-on to the middle note.
Here is a basic two handed tapping lick that comes right out of the minor pentatonic scale above.
There are definitely many more things that you can do with guitar tapping, but this should at least get you started with this technique.
Sliding on the guitar is just another technique that gives more interest and life to notes. The idea is that you are going to fret a note and then move (slide) to another fret without taking the pressure off your finger as you move. Below are some of the basic variations on the guitar slide technique.
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|Ascending Legato Slide – In this example you are fretting the note on the 3rd string, 5th fret and sliding up to the 7th fret. The curved line over top is used to indicate that this is a legato slide. This basically means that you are not going to pick the note at the 7th fret.|
|Descending Legato Slide – In this example you are fretting the note on the 3rd string, 7th fret and sliding down to the 5th fret. Again the curved line over top is used to indicate that this is a legato slide.|
|Ascending Picked Slide – Here you are fretting the note on the 3rd string, 5th fret and sliding up to the 9th fret. But because there is not a curved line over the top, you are going to pick the note at the 9th fret after sliding.|
|Descending Picked Slide – This is the same as above, only sliding down.|
|Ornament Slide Up – Here you are sliding up to the 3rd string, 9th fret from an undetermined fret below (usually 2-3 frets). The idea here is that you are not hearing 2 notes, as in the examples above. This is a quick slide, and is heard as one note. The slide is just heard as a “decoration” of the note you are going to. An important idea is the start your hand moving in the direction of your destination note before starting to press down on the strings.|
|Ornament Slide Down – This is the same idea as the ornament slide from below. You are starting from a few frets above the note you and sliding down the 3rd string, 2nd fret.|
|Effect Slide Down – Unlike the other slides above, this one does not have a destination. You are not sliding to a particular note. Here you are playing the 3rd string, 12thfret, and then sliding downward. At some point during the downward slide, you release the pressure on your fingers but you do not lift completely off of the string. The end result is just a downward slide effect.If you do not release the pressure on you finger and stop your hand, you will end up hearing some note as a stopping point. If you end up letting go of the string, you will hear and open string.|
|Effect Slide Up – This is the same idea as the downward version just going from a low note up the neck.|
|Effect Slide Up and Down – Here you are sliding up, and then back down but not really hearing a specific starting or ending note. This is hard to notate specifically. Because of this the notation is usually a little more detailed than the true spirit of the effect. In this example, think about the 12th fret being approximately where you reverse directions. If it is the 11th or the 13th, you will not really hear much of a difference.|
All of these types of slides on the guitar can be played with 2 or more notes as well.
In this video guitar lesson I’m going to explain a guitar technique called sweep picking. Sweep picking allows you to play a flurry of notes at a speed that would be very difficult to match using just alternate picking.
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The basic idea of sweep picking is that you are going to play 2 or more notes on adjacent strings using the same picking direction for all of the notes.
A lot of times when the technique of sweep picking is talked about, it’s in the context of shedding metal guitar. Guitar players like John Petrucci from Dream Theater, or Yngwie Malmsteen playing lightning speed sweep picking arpeggios. But that’s only part of what can be done with sweep picking.
This guitar technique can be used in a much more subtle manner for some great effects. And can be used in Blues, Jazz, and other styles of music. So let’s look at some sweep picking basics.
Here is one of the most basic sweep picking ideas. You are going to play an arpeggio on the guitar (the notes of a chord played one at a time) on 3 adjacent strings. This example is a Dm arpeggio on the top 3 strings. When sweep picking, you don’t want to lift up your pick for each individual note. You want to just let your pick glide (sweep) across the surface of the strings.
It’s similar to the motion for strumming, but you will articulate each note rather that just hear all of the notes together as one chord. You also will not want to hold all of your fingers down as if you were playing a chord.
= Down Pick
Here you are just reversing the direction and sweep picking up on all of these notes.
= Up Pick
Here you are sweep picking down, then up. The trick is to keep a steady rhythm for all of the notes.
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Sometimes when you want to play 2 notes on a string when using the sweep picking technique, you will use a slur for the 2nd note. In this next example, you are going to add a hammer-on into the arpeggio on the 1st string.
In this example you are going to add a pull off to the basic sweep picking arpeggio on the 1st string.
Here you are combining a sweep pick up with a hammer-on, pull-off, and a sweep pick back down the arpeggio. This creates a nice fast sounding guitar lick that’s not too hard once you get the hang of it.
Once you learn the basic finger movements in the guitar lick above, try applying the same idea to other strings using various arpeggio and scale choices. Below are a couple of examples of how this could be applied to other strings and combinations of notes.
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A sweep pick can be played on as little as 2 strings. Here is a blues sweep picking guitar lick that does just that.
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While there are many different types sweep picking arpeggios, here are 2 very basic major and minor arpeggios the lend themselves well to sweep picking. The first note on the 5th string is the root of these arpeggios (A in this case). Practice playing these in different places on the neck of the guitar.
There are a lot of things you can do with the sweep picking technique. This was just meant to be a beginner sweep picking lesson. Something to get you started and give you the basics of this guitar technique. A similar guitar technique that you might also take a look at is a guitar rake.
A guitar rake is a technique that can be use to add a little percussive spice to notes. This is done by adding one or more “click” sounds right before sounding a note on the guitar.
Here is how the rake guitar technique is written in tablature. The x is just where the strings is muted.
In the above example, you are going to put your first finger on the 2nd string, 5th fret. Lightly touch the 3rd and 4th strings with your 2nd, 3rd, or both fingers. The placement of those fingers is really not important. They are only there to mute those strings. So when they are picked, you will just hear a “click” sound.
Now pick down on the 4th string….click, down on the 3rd string….click. Then lift up the fingers that you were using to mute the 4th and 3rd strings and play the 2nd string 5th fret. Do all of this slowly at first. Click…click….note. Just let your pick sweep across those 3 strings.
Your pick will come to rest on the next string like you were strumming a chord slowly. Once you have the feel, then start to increase the speed.
A guitar raking is a lot of times heard as one sound, as one note with a more percussive feel. This is because you are including the extra click sounds along with the note you are actually playing. A guitar rake might also be heard as separate sounds.
Sometimes sloppy sweep picking becomes a rake unintentionally. Sweep picking and rake notes do have some things in common. But they are two different techniques, and I have sometimes seen Internet tablature incorrectly label a sweep pick as a rake.
A rakes on the guitar can be done on just 2, 3, or 4 strings. Probably not more, but it is possible. You can either pick down or up, but down is by far much more common.
Here is a little lead guitar lick that makes use of a lot of rakes.
Hammer-ons and pull-offs, also known as guitar slurs, are used to help create a smoother sound between 2 different notes. The 2nd note of a slur is produced by the actions of a left hand finger only, and the string is not plucked again.
For a hammer-on, a note is plucked, and then a 2nd note is sounded by slamming or “hammering” another finger onto the same string at a higher fret.
Place your 1st finger on the 1st string, 5th fret. Pluck the string with your right hand, then “slam” your 2nd finger down on the 1st string at the 6th fret.
A pull-off can be thought of as the opposite of a hammer-on. Before starting, you will need to have both left hand fingers that will be involved already placed in their perspective frets.
The 1st note is plucked, and then pulling that finger off of the string with force sounds the 2nd note. You are basically plucking the string with the left hand finger that you used for the 1st note. You will need to pull both towards the floor, and out away from the neck of the guitar.
Place your 1st finger on the 1st string 5th fret, and your 2nd finger on the 1st string 6th fret. Pick the string with your right hand, and then pluck the string with your left hand 2nd finger so that the note that is being held with your 1st finger sounds.
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Guitar Vibrato - One of the most important guitar techniques to help add depth and sustain to your notes.
Vibrato Control - In this guitar lesson guitar virtuoso Tom Hess gives insight into one of the most expressive guitar techniques.
How To Get A Killer Vibrato - In this guitar lesson Jeff Treadwell gives some tips on how to improve your vibrato.
Guitar Tapping: Vertical and Diagonal Patterns - In this guitar lesson Ysrafel shows you some important building blocks needed to play larger more advanced tapping patterns.
Octave Tapping Video Guitar Lesson - Guitarist Kevin Taylor shows you a cool guitar tapping idea using octaves in this video guitar lesson.
Slide Down Tap Video Guitar Lesson - Guitarist Kevin Taylor shows you a lick that incorporates two handed guitar tapping with pull offs and slides in this video guitar lesson.
Multistring Tapping Video Guitar Lesson - Guitarist Kevin Taylor shows you a lick that incorporates two handed tapping on all 6 stings in this video guitar lesson.
Palm muting - From heavy chunk to popping percussive single notes, the palm mute should be part of your basic guitar technique vocabulary.
7 Common Problems with Learning Sweep Picking and What to do About Them - In this guitar lesson guitarist Mike Philippov gives tips on how to improve your sweep picking technique.
Here is what’s wrong with YOUR sweep picking technique - Virtuoso guitarist Mike Philippov breaks down some of the common problems guitar players have with sweep picking technique, and gives the solutions.
String Scraping Video Guitar Lesson - Guitarist Kevin Taylor teaches you the technique of string scrapes (a.k.a. pick scrapes) in this video guitar lesson.