Guitar Fanning

author: Unregistered date: 12/16/2004 category: soloing
rating: 3.6 / votes: 49 
Yes, that's right, fanning you guitar. I've never seen this put to use before, but once you find out how to, you'll be amazed. Guitar fanning is a technique that I came up with while practicing one day. You take the skills from teh hyper pick soloing lesson, only times that by ten. So that should tell you that this is very fast. If you haven't learned Hyper Pick Soloing, you should before you begin this. Guitar Fanning is basically the same thing as drumming your fingers on a table, only it's in a certain order on your guitar. Before you start, practice pick soloing, only do it on an open string really fast. The motion of your fingers is this: up and down very fast on one fret to get out of the way of the next note. You do this by popping the current finger up and the next down. try drumming on the counter or table with your ring finger first, your middle second, and your index last. Keep doing this until it is even and controled so that it sounds like straight 16th notes. Lift each finger after you hit the counter.
up, down, up, down up, down - repeat
 ring middle index
Once you get this down, you will be ready to do this on your guitar. Once you are ready, grip your guitar as if you are going to play it. After that, do the same exersize with your fretting hand on the fretboard. You will notice that it is backwards (ring finger is closest to the pickups and the index is closest to the head). This may confuse some people, but all you have to do it just do the same thing, only mirrored. It sounds hard, but it really isn't. Now it's time for some independant hands, this works really good if you are ambidextrious like me. Remember practicing Hyper Pick Soloing, now it's time to apply that skill. Go back to the counter and start drumming with your fingers again. But while you are doing that, put the fingers of your picking hand the same way you would grip a pick or a pen. While your are drumming, pretend you are signing a check and move up and down wiht your picking hand. Do this in sync with the other hand. Remember to pop the fingers on your fretting hand up after they hit the counter. Now you should be ready to actually play. Start slow on all of these exrersizes and grow quicker. This may sound wiered, but play it anyway, even if it might not sound good. This is an easy drill:
Figure 1. 
 down, pop up, down, pop up, dont' forget! 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3-5-4-3--|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
Remember to play this with the Hyper Pick Soling technique. If it's hard, don't give up, with prctice, it will get easier. These are all 32nd notes, so when practiced, it should sound faster than lightning. This next technique is one that I wrote for one of my songs. NOTE: use the Hyper Pick Soloing technique to change strings. This one is tricky, because you really are going back wards in some parts.
Figure 2.
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------12-14-15-14-12-15-14-12--|
D|--------------------------12-13-15-----------------------------|
A|--------------12-13-15-----------------------------------------|
E|-12-13-15------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--15-14-12-15-14-12--------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------15-13-12----------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------15-13-12---------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------15-13-12--|
You can repeat this many times. It is tricky, so don't get discouraged if you don't get it right the first time. This next technique is running up and down the fretboard while Guitar Fanning. It is basically a falling and climbing rift while drumming.
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5-4-2-7-5-4-8-7-5-9-7-6-10-9-8-11-10-8-12-11-9-13-14-13-11-----|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-15-14-12-15-14-12-15-14-12-16-15-14-17-15-16-18-19-20----------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-20-19-17-18-17-16-17-16-14-15-14-13-15-14-12-15-14-12----------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-12-11-10-11-10-8-10-8-7-8-7-6-7-6-4-5-4-3-2-1------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
You can go up and down the whole board with this figure. All you have to do is Remeber to pop the fingers up and down and you will be set. Thanks for taking your time to read this and enjoy your new skill that you can show off to your friends! Any questions, comments, concerns, quotes, notes, letters, requests, proposals, hyku, hyperbalies, lyrics, songs, telegrams, and or messages email me at gitarist5897@yahoo.com.
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