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Guitar Techniques: the 5 Best Tips and Tricks Every Guitarist Should Know

Posted on the 12 September 2018 by Mountain Publishing @mountainpublish

Playing the guitar is a dream that seeds from early childhood. The pure love of music can be developed at home but can be more beneficial if learned in a music school. It is a fretted musical instrument which has 6 stings usually. Guitar is now the most used instrument around the world and a lot of enthusiasts want to learn and play guitar. For a beginner, this instrument may seem a little complicated but once you get used to playing guitar, it becomes a part of your life.

There are numerous suggestions on how to handle the guitar well and how to master this instrument, but there are top five tips and tricks that seasoned guitarists have learned from experience.

Volume Swells

A volume swell is a type of a musical crescendo usually affiliated with an electric guitar. It modifies the tone of the note. Lessen the treble tones, and it buoys the softer tone at the end.

The volume swell technique is performed through the volume knob of a guitar. The knob is at zero and accelerates once a tone is played.

This unique technique generates an atmosphere of apprehension that listeners are hooked on. The huge swirling sound of the guitar when a volume swell is done captures the imagination of the music enthusiasts.

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Learn the major scale intervals

A major scale is a sequence of intervals between the ‘whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half’ tones. It’s a diatonic scale and is maximally even.

The major scale has eight notes, but since the 8th note duplicates the first, the major scale officially has seven notes. The major scale degrees are tonic, supertonic, median, subdominant, dominant, submediant, and leading tone.

Learning the major scale intervals is not as easy as it sounds. Many guitarists had a hard time learning the process but soon gained fruitful knowledge from a music school.

Having a great touch or vibrato is essential

A vibrato is a musical ramification involving a routine, pulsating diversity of pitch. It is used to increase the expression of the music.

Vibrato can be found automatically in the alteration of the larynx while singing, and the sound is imitated using a guitar.

Some guitar players take decades to perform a vibrato perfectly, and many never get to do so. The vibrato is categorized into two types, the vibrato that is generated by the wrist, and the vibrato generated from the fingers.

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Run through every chord you know

As a guitar player, whether an amateur or a professional, it is essential always to practice playing guitar chords every day. The love for the art of music is enough inspiration to keep on playing regularly.

To be the best in the guitar world a guitarist needs to make sure to run through every chord, play various music and genres to find the true calling in which genres are more fitting to the talent.

Creating percussive sounds on your acoustic

A great trick learned by guitar layers is the tick to create a percussive sound on the acoustic. This technique is all about treating the guitar as a drum. There are parts of the instrument that can imitate the sound of specific drums.

To stimulate this technique, what is needed is to clench the fist and use the hand heel to touch and tap the lower portion of the guitar. I this is performed in the right way, a loud booming sound can be heard that imitates that of a bass drum.

Once the tapping is perfected, the next drum sound can be learned, like the snare drum. Using the fingertips, tapping the rest of the guitar can create a snare drum sound.

All the five tips and tricks can be learned through watching videos in this technological world, but it is still better to learn these in a music school.

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