Combining Techniques

author: drishtortion date: 03/20/2012 category: guitar techniques
rating: 4.5 / votes: 4 
== Introduction == My third lesson guys and I hope it helps you. Well, I started only three years ago and am still in the process of learning some stuff. In the beginning, I would log on to ULTIMATE GUITAR and the tabs would be like Greek to me. Then, I figured them out and then, those weird letters and signs in the middle would seem a little crazy. So, I think we should start with how basic stuff is usually shown on tabs. == Usual markings in tabs == Slide up: / Slide down: \ Hammer on: h Pull off: p Let ring: ~ Bend: b Tapping: T Palm muting: P.M Muted strings: x == Let's Get Started == OK, Try this:
e----------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------|
G-------------------------5--7-8-7-------|
D---------5-7-5-----5--7------------5-7--|
A----5--7--------7-----------------------|
E-8--------------------------------------|
I'm not saying that this sounds bad. But, sometimes your playing hand tends to get worked up at parts like the (5-7-5) or (7-8-7) ones which are slightly faster than the usual speed. This tends to limit your playing speed. But, using a combination of techniques here, could help. Try this:
e----------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------|
G-------------------------5--7h8p7-------|
D---------5h7p5-----5--7------------5/7--|
A----5--7--------7-----------------------|
E-8--------------------------------------|
That should help you a bit. It eases the fast (5-7-5) and (7-8-7) part and also gives a slightly different feel to the (5-7) part in the end by adding a slide. This should prove how using a combination of techniques help your guitar playing. == Few other exercises to help == I] My Heart Will Go On - My style [D major scale]
e--------------------------------10------8-7\3---------------
B-8-10-10/12------12h13p12-10-10--------------------5-3------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------
 
e--------------------------------10------8-10-10/12---10---10|
B-8-10-10/12------12h13p12-10-10-----------------------------|
G------------------------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------|
 
II] Snow (Hey Oh) - RHCP
 
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----4---4h6h4---4-----4---4h6h4---------------------------6---6h8h6---|
D---6---6-------6-----6---6-------6-----4---4h6h4---4-----8---8-------8-|
A-6-----------------7-----------------6---6-------6---6/9---------------|
E-----------------------------------7-----------------------------------|
I hope you can implement these combinations and make your own and probably go and show off to your pals too! I Hope this helped! Thanks! (Oh... And don't forget to rate!)
More drishtortion lessons:
+ Hammer Ons Guitar Techniques 03/16/2012
+ Sliding Guitar Techniques 03/15/2012
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