That’s right, folks, it’s International
Antonio de Torres, a luthier from Spain, designed the first modern
1. String Bending – Corey Congilio
If you have ever heard someone play blues
2. Slide – Andy Aledort
Similarly to string bending, slide is a method of gliding (glissando, for those who love the orchestra) between notes in order to add a vocal texture to our playing. A smooth covering is typically placed on the either the ring or pinky finger of the fretting hand, and this is used to “finger” the notes instead of the frets themselves. The covering itself comes in several different materials, each of which lends to a slightly different sound. In this lesson, Andy Aledort uses a small glass bottle as a slide!
3. Hammer-ons & Pull-offs – Vicki Genfan
Hammer-ons and pull-offs are two closely related techniques that are unique to stringed instruments. Hammering on refers to using a fretting hand finger to forcefully and suddenly land on a string behind a fret to cause a note to play. The opposite of this is pulling off, which occurs when a fretting hand finger that is sustaining a note is pulled off the string. This allows a lower note on the string to ring out. In this lesson, Vicki Genfan shows us how we can apply these techniques in our acoustic
4. Tapping – Chris Buono
Tapping is a method of playing that takes hammer-ons and pull-offs to the next level. Instead of only incorporating the fretting hand, the strumming hand is also used to apply hammer-ons and pull-offs. Try out this tapping practice session with Chris Buono!
5. Fingerstyle – Andy McKee
Beyond strumming and tapping, there is one other primary method of striking notes on a
6. Harmonics – Muriel Anderson
In music, we use “harmonics” to describe sound waves at frequencies above an original signal. But on stringed instruments, we can isolate those harmonics to produce notes with markedly different colors. In this lesson, Muriel Anderson shows how natural harmonics, as well as “artificial” harmonics can be weaved into a fingerstyle etude!
7. Electric Expressions – Andy Timmons
Our last technique showcases the power of of the electric
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