Guitar techniques are whatever it takes to get the sound you want. It can come from the guitar, the amp, magic boxes or your hands and fingers or something else not normally associated with guitar sound.
Do you have a song that you can recognize from one or two notes? That’s because of the distinct tone. It can be a guitar, keyboard, or someone’s voice. This is what every guitar player wants, a tone or style that’s his or her’s own unique tone.
Ever heard a new song that you never heard before but you know who it is because of the guitar style? Eric Clapton’s style can be heard no matter who he plays with.
Some techniques are common and some are unique ways of getting the tone or sound you want.
Some players won’t reveal how they get their sound especially to another guitar player.
Guitar Picking Techniques
There are many techniques for this area of guitar playing. Most of these techniques can be used for any style of music.
Most of us use a pick, but there are fingerpicks and thumb picks too.
You can also play with just your fingers. This is how all Classical guitarist’s play. These guitar players have very strict rules they go by for their playing.
You can learn more about different picking styles from the link below.
Most of us play guitar in the standard tuning most of the time. The standard tuning doesn’t work as well for slide guitar players although there are a few that do this.
George Harrison of the Beatles used to play slide in the standard tuning.
You can also use different tunings for fingerstyle guitar. Joni Mitchell does this alot and has a guitar or guitars that have special hardware so she can change to her tunings easily.
One of the most common alternate tunings is dropped D. This is just what it sounds like you tune the heavy E string down to a D.
E and D tunings are common and so are A and G.
Slide Guitar Technique
Here is a technique that can be used in most styles of music but it’s found in the Blues more often than the other types of music.
This is mainly because of the sound the slide gives off. It has that distant Train Whistle sound making it good for the Blues.
This style of playing usually uses open chord tunings. Check out the link above for some alternate tunings.
Music Slow Down Software
This really isn’t a technique for playing guitar but it is good for learning other guitar techniques. You can take any song you have on your computer and slow it down so you can learn riffs and leads in much less time.
I have two different slow down programs and I like them both. I had one called Amazing Slow Downer but my computer hard drive went and I couldn’t get another copy from their website so I would stay away from this software company.
It can keep the original pitch of the song. You can learn the part you want just like the song.
There is another feature that will change the pitch if you want to. Let’s say if you want to match your guitar tuning or have trouble singing in that key or you want to try new positions on your guitar.
Slow Down Software
More guitar techniques on the way