Music Information

Right Hand Guitar Playing Tip


This lesson can open for you a secret of high-speed guitar playing. If take the given technique for 2-3 weeks you'll feel progress in high-speed playing of complex passages.

The given principle of development of techniques "was tested" not by one generation of guitarists and not only guitarists...

In this lesson we shall concern high-speed technics. Skilled guitarists alredy know that the basic brake in development of guitar high-speed technics is the right hand. Therefore when playing the most ultra-high-speed passages for simplification guitarists play legato (i.e. the right hand does not take some notes, it is done with fingers of the left hand by receptions pull-off, hammer-on).

How to achieve speed?

For this purpose it is necessary for guitarist to develop technics of the right hand - fast alternation of pick stroke upwards-downwards (a variable stroke). The more quickly the right hand will make alternating strokes, the quicker the playing will be.

It is necessary to begin from the most usual tremolo (fast recurrence of one note).

Triplets are the most effective way of learning to play a tremolo. Try to begin each of your lessons with a tremolo. It develops (and well warms up) the right hand. The tremolo notes must sound dynamically equal (all sounding notes of equal loudness) and with equal tempo.

For example, you wish to learn a high-speed passage. I offer the following simple blues phrase in "A" as an example:

___5_________________8___5_______5______________________

First you need to learn in slow tempo and in convenient key with rational pick strokes.

After you've done it, play a tremolo of each note, i.e. each note in a passage it is necessary to take three times (if it is the eighth) like this:

___5_5_5________________________________8_8_8___5_5_5__

The tremolo should be loud (a silent tremolo does not make effect). Play thus 10 - 15 minutes (with small breaks) up to feeling of weariness in your right hand. The weariness speaks that muscles work as they must do. In my experience each student playing given technique, develops his own nuances. The right hand as though itself finds the most convenient position while playing, - it is only necessary " to force it to work". When you are good at playing this passage with tremolo, try to play it in the original.

I often hear a question: " How many it is necessary to be engaged so that to come to high speed?" - It's individually. For someone it's necessary 2 hours, for another 2 days, and for someone it is not necessary at all (i'm kidding :-). Here introspection is necessary, that is you should feel improvement of technics. Clearly one, that the most effective way - "gold" exercise for the right hand.

Play your own passages by this principle, solos, improvizations, rock, jazz and blues phrases... If you have great patience, you will see huge advantage of this technique and feel the results. If you do not see any result most likely you were engaged either incorrectly or insufficiently long. Though it is possible to play legato or tapping, but it sounds less brightly and energetically.

Yuri Nikitin - guitar instructor, music writer and webmaster. Find more free guitar lessons in varios styles at http://www.guitar-lesson-online.net


MORE RESOURCES:

Variety

'Dear White People' Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as 'Statement Piece'
Variety
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I'm a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they're all over my office. I'm just completely geeked about ...



Tampabay.com

Dozens of people hospitalized during 2017 Sunset Music Festival
ABC News
Dozens of people were hospitalized amid blazing temperatures during an electronic dance music festival in Florida, despite efforts by organizers to keep people cool and hydrated. Tampa Fire Rescue Department public information officer Jason Penny told ...
Sunset Music Festival has fewer medical emergencies on Day 2 ...Tampabay.com
More people hospitalized during night one of the 2017 Sunset Music ...ABC Action News

all 10 news articles »


Los Angeles Times

Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere'
Los Angeles Times
Underground club culture gets the “Spinal Tap” treatment in “People Just Do Nothing,” a BBC mockumentary series that just landed in North America via Netflix. On this series, which is structured like the British version of “The Office,” cameras follow ...



BGR

Get four months of Google Play Music for free for a limited time
BGR
You know what's better than a free three-month subscription to Google Play Music? A free four-month subscription to Google Play Music. For a limited time, Google is offering new subscribers an additional free month to the free trial of its streaming ...
Google is offering new Google Play Music subscribers four free monthsThe Verge
Google Play Music now offers 4-month free trial for new usersAndroid Authority (blog)
Google Play Music is now offering 4 months of free trial to new subscribersEconomic Times

all 33 news articles »


NPR

Encore: Jingle Writer Explores Decline Of Original Music In Advertising
NPR
Advertising jingle writer Steve Karmen wrote a number of famous jingles, including Budweiser Beer's, "When You Say Bud," the New York State song, "I Love New York", the Exxon Song and Wrigley Spearmint Gum's, "Carry The Big Fresh Flavor." This story ...



CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA

Tale Of 2 Cities: Steel City, Music City Vying For Stanley Cup
CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It's the Steel City versus the Music City in the quest for the Stanley Cup. So, as the Penguins and Predators vie for hockey's most-coveted prize, how do their hometowns stack up? When it comes to the number of professional sports ...

and more »


PEOPLE.com

Hanson's Kids Steal the Show in Their New Music Video for 'I Was Born'
PEOPLE.com
Hanson has always been a family affair — and now, their kids are joining in on the fun. In celebration of their 25th anniversary as a band, “MMMBop” brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson dropped their new single “I Was Born” along with a music video ...

and more »


Fort Worth Star Telegram

Reckless Kelly, '70s hitmakers Orleans to play Arlington fest
Fort Worth Star Telegram
ARLINGTON Any press release that begins “music will drown out the sounds of construction” knows how to get to the heart of all us music-lovers and traffic-haters out there (even if the construction isn't totally about traffic), so the release for the ...



Chicago Tribune

Why do we make music? The guys in Molehill surely know
Chicago Tribune
So, you are sitting in a bar or tavern or club — whatever you may call the place you go to unwind, have a few drinks perhaps and partake of some sort of entertainment — and you will see in a corner or on a stage a person or persons making music. Jazz ...



The Guardian

Leftfield review – bone-quaking revival of a dance music revolution
The Guardian
It is 22 years since this Mercury prize-nominated house and techno album was released, refracting the energy and idealism of the rave era through a wantonly eclectic prism of dub, jungle, reggae and world music sounds. Arguably the first classic ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006