Techniques

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Techniques
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  • Bend Play the first note, then bend the string with the playing finger (helped eventually by the other fingers) until you hear the next note (in the tab example, a whole step bend, from E to F#). There are also 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 steps bends.
  • Bend/Release Bend then release back to the first note.
  • Hammer-on Pluck only the first note, then hammer the second at a higher fret.
  • Pull-off Pluck only the first note, then pull the second at a lower fret.
  • Slide Fret a note (or notes) and then move (slide) to another fret without taking the pressure off your finger (fingers) as you move.
  • Vibrato Repeatedly bend the pitch up slightly, and then let the note back down to the original pitch.
  • Tapping Tap with the index or midfinger at the written fret.
  • Natural Harmonic Touch the string lightly (don't press down) over the fret bar then pluck.
  • Pinch Harmonic Pick the string, then touch the edge of your right hand thumb.
  • Palm Mute Touch the string slightly with the palm of your right hand.
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      guitar/bass95
      First of all, you can bend the string any way you want, t doesn't have to be a half or a whole step bend or anything. They are the most used and kind of the correct ones, but I usually just bend the string quickly to make that cool sound. Second of all, you didn't explain the hammer on/pull of techniques at all. You just said "to hammer on, you need to do a... hammer on". Yeah, that helps a lot. Third of all, you can use any finger to tap, you can use all of your eight available fingers to tap if you just want to do so. And you didn't really explain this technique either. Fourth of all, about the harmonics, you can't just pick a harmonic above any fret. Good luck trying to get a clear and practically useful harmonic on the first or tenth fret. And pinching is much more complicated than that, you can only get a pinch out by pressing a node on the string, and nodes are individual between each guitar. If you just pinch a random spot, you will just get a badly muted note. Last of all, plam mute sounds horrible if you just place your hand on the strings, you'll need to mute the right part of the string for right sound. Good idea for a lesson, horrible execution.
      mascanifawn
      hiya, sorry about the mistakes I have looked again and seen your points, i am kinda new to this so wanted to try and explain it... how i understand it! thanks for the helpful critical comment, unlike some that was incredibly helpful! if i could edit now i would as I see my mistakes now! thanks, mascanifawn! x
      thechaostheory
      guitar/bass95 wrote: First of all, you can bend the string any way you want, t doesn't have to be a half or a whole step bend or anything. They are the most used and kind of the correct ones, but I usually just bend the string quickly to make that cool sound. Second of all, you didn't explain the hammer on/pull of techniques at all. You just said "to hammer on, you need to do a... hammer on". Yeah, that helps a lot. Third of all, you can use any finger to tap, you can use all of your eight available fingers to tap if you just want to do so. And you didn't really explain this technique either. Fourth of all, about the harmonics, you can't just pick a harmonic above any fret. Good luck trying to get a clear and practically useful harmonic on the first or tenth fret. And pinching is much more complicated than that, you can only get a pinch out by pressing a node on the string, and nodes are individual between each guitar. If you just pinch a random spot, you will just get a badly muted note. Last of all, plam mute sounds horrible if you just place your hand on the strings, you'll need to mute the right part of the string for right sound. Good idea for a lesson, horrible execution.
      Dude, don't be hating. I think he did a pretty good job on this. You can offer criticism, but just be nice about it. Personally, I would show a tab of each of your examples to show the learner what it looks like in context. Also, you may need to be slightly more descriptive on some techniques such as the pinch harmonic. Maybe say that you need to "scoop" the pick into the string. Pretend that you're digging a hole or something. I don't know... Pinch harmonics are hard to demonstrate in text. Regardless, good lesson dude. I'm sure it will help out beginners.
      ron4ik16
      Actually,this is a good quickie-explanation of how to pull off guitar techniques.
      mascanifawn
      TheNameOfNoone wrote: Hey, guitar/bass95, can't you see he's a new guy? Registered today. Let him develop lesson writing skills, and all writing skills for that matter. And yeah, mascanifawn, before releasing the lesson, please check if anyone has already covered the stuff you write in your lessons, because many people have already made better lessons than yours on the same topic. Not meant to hate, this is just an advice. Cheers Yeah, I know, but I don't want to see other new users come here trying to learn all of these techniques with only the help of this lesson, and I want the author to see where he went wrong so he wouldn't do these mistakes again. I of course know that he's new and all, but I don't want to see anyone getting misinformed by bad lessons, even if they were made by fresh users.
      PS. guys, he... is a she... x
      TheNameOfNoone
      Hey, guitar/bass95, can't you see he's a new guy? Registered today. Let him develop lesson writing skills, and all writing skills for that matter. And yeah, mascanifawn, before releasing the lesson, please check if anyone has already covered the stuff you write in your lessons, because many people have already made better lessons than yours on the same topic. Not meant to hate, this is just an advice. Cheers
      guitar/bass95
      TheNameOfNoone wrote: Hey, guitar/bass95, can't you see he's a new guy? Registered today. Let him develop lesson writing skills, and all writing skills for that matter. And yeah, mascanifawn, before releasing the lesson, please check if anyone has already covered the stuff you write in your lessons, because many people have already made better lessons than yours on the same topic. Not meant to hate, this is just an advice. Cheers
      Yeah, I know, but I don't want to see other new users come here trying to learn all of these techniques with only the help of this lesson, and I want the author to see where he went wrong so he wouldn't do these mistakes again. I of course know that he's new and all, but I don't want to see anyone getting misinformed by bad lessons, even if they were made by fresh users.