#1
I was watching a band that my band supported the other week, and as they were playing, the guitarist used a technique where he crossed his arms, and barred the strings with his right hand and played some legato/tapping with his left.

Does anyone know of this technique, its name, and some examples?
#2
It's called "showing off". Generally the whole thing has no technical benefit and is just a party trick to put on a good show for the audience.

At a push you could say that reaching over with the other hand mutes the strings while you're doing some crazy legato but I can't think of any situation where doing so is actually necessary.
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It's called "showing off". Generally the whole thing has no technical benefit and is just a party trick to put on a good show for the audience.

At a push you could say that reaching over with the other hand mutes the strings while you're doing some crazy legato but I can't think of any situation where doing so is actually necessary.


The thing is, he wasn't muting them. He was moving has hand from (Let's say) the 7th fret, then the 5th, then the second. Almost like a moving capo. And it sounded ****ing awesome.
#4
It sounds to me like showing off, you could achieve the same thing reversing hands?
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The thing is, he wasn't muting them. He was moving has hand from (Let's say) the 7th fret, then the 5th, then the second. Almost like a moving capo. And it sounded ****ing awesome.


Huh, interesting, not seen that before... or maybe I have, I don't know, but I know whatever it is it doesn't have a name.
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#6
Very interesting. Not sure what I'd call that, though I also don't think it needs a name, to be honest. Just do it. :p

Also, on a similar note, in terms of just muting with the right hand, Gus Drax does that with really large, fast legato string-skipping, to avoid ringouts that would be really difficult to block out otherwise. So, that's one possible application for that, Zaphod.
#8
No one is ever beating this in terms of showing off.
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#9
^ aw come on so now I have to practise yo-yoing as well?

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The thing is, he wasn't muting them. He was moving has hand from (Let's say) the 7th fret, then the 5th, then the second. Almost like a moving capo. And it sounded ****ing awesome.


yeah i'm guessing that'd work (the moving capo thing). that's probably what he was doing.
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#10
Sounds pretty cool whatever it is! I'll have to give that a try when I get back off holiday...
#11
Sounds like you're just describing him using his right hand as a capo, so he can do pull-offs to "open" strings in a different key.
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Paul Gilbert does a similar thing in a few videos...sorta...only he has a guy to hold down the frets for him, so his right hand is free to do picking.
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No one is ever beating this in terms of showing off.


He's still showing off....He's a better musician than I, with just the use of his friggin eyes...... F#$K I need to go practice now.
#13
So he used his right hand to barre the frets and his index, middle and pinky to hit some big stretches...

Sounds like something I should practice.