In the beginning…
First, we’ll start with the basis of the basis for this. We will determine which hand will be used to tweak and which side will handle browse any fret to play chords or notes.
Finally, it is straightforward. If you are right-handed (you write with the right hand), then this will be the right hand scrape the strings, and if you are left, will be the left hand scrape the strings.
Things to know when one is left to play guitar
What to know for lefties is that essential, guitars are designed for right-handers. As for guitars for left, we must realize that they are less common and what made, in general, these guitars are more expensive,
Moreover, it important to note that there are several solutions for a left-handed guitarist playing on the guitar right-handed if he does not find the left-handed guitar that suits him. Indeed, it is possible, without going into too much detail, left to play on a guitar right-handed in many ways. Note that none of these “ways” is no better than the others and are purely subjective, so specific to each.
Placing his hand to scrape the strings
When playing, the hand scratching the strings up at the ceiling rose to an acoustic guitar and between microphones for an electric guitar. FYI, the rosette of an acoustic guitar is the big hole on the body of the guitar and located at the bottom of the handle. It is literally impossible to miss.
As for electric guitars and due to play above the microphones, there are nuances. More specifically, by varying the position of the hand, scratching the strings, it will influence the timbre, that is, to say, that if you play above the microphone, you will have a full sound and charge low frequency.
Also, if you move your hand towards the bridge (which is the small metal block from where the ropes go), you will have a more dry and loaded acute.
Finally, for a start, you need to take the head with it, play on its microphones, that will be fine because when you start playing, you will have other things to think about, especially when one begins or that we learn music.
While positioning his arm to be comfortable
So you will put your hand in the rosette or microphones (depending if your guitar is dry or electric), then place your forearms on the edge of the guitar body, so as to create a landmark ” psychological “and will move to the wrist of the hand scratching the strings in some cases can be used as moving the forearm for some music.
Finally, no need to press strongly and keep your forearms on the edge of the body of the guitar; the goal is to ask him.
Once we found our position, let’s go a little deeper into the thick of it.
For starters, your hand, your wrist, and the rest of the arms should be relaxed, not having a tight game … So relax, quiet, the goal is not to succeed the first time, but to have fun to play and have fun.
When you start, there’s a certain technique to have a good performance of the pick. Later, when you have some experience and practice the guitar, you can develop your way to take your pick, depending on your morphology, etc. But at first, it is important to take good habits, to avoid bad positions, causing tension in the body and pain.
Then, depending on what you play, how to do will vary, but do not worry, there are not 200 ways.
This game requires the groove and flow
If you play riffs that require groove and life to create the spirit, your arms will be very relaxed for a very fluid game and in line with what the music emerges.
Also, at the beginning of the habit to incline a little pick in the sense that you scratch, the movement of the pick should be similar to a broom when you make a move on the ground. This is one of the shortcomings of some beginners and tired quickly.
With time, you soon will join this movement with the brush pick.
For games more “strict” and fast, which can be found particularly in metal music and extreme metal, among others, with a lot of notes in no time and play rhythmic “jerky,” it, therefore, requires more precision in your game.
For this reason, your arm maybe a little more contracted. But in any case, the hand, wrist, or arm assembly should be tense.
If you want to play this type of riffs, it will be second. First, play very simple music, to become familiar with the basics of the guitar and will improve your guitar without being blocked in your practice. But above all, play music that you like,
A quick tip to keep your motivation, do not try to make something perfect but something alive and have fun.
(If you do not want to learn to play without a pick, go directly to the chapter “The movement with and without pick”).
Playing without pick
So to play without a pick, there are two techniques depending on what you want to do. If you want to make agreements soft, quiet mode and asked, you use the thumb, that is to say, that you will tweak the underside of the thumb.
First, you must know that this style of play will generally down; however, you can scrape up codes at the same time as you bring your hand and using the thumbnail, which will give a bright sound to your agreement and highlight what you play.
Otherwise, to play chords with more attacks, play with the index finger and thumb stuck, as if you wanted to catch small object fingertips.
To play back and forth with this technique, you will strum with the fingernail of your index finger and back with the tip of your thumbnail.
This technique may require practice to be well understood and mastered.
At first, you are gently playing to familiarize yourself and be comfortable with the technique you choose.
The movement with and without a pick
- Step 1, scrape all the strings down, like a G chord. Take the time to ring all the strings, without stifling one.
- Step 2, once you’re down at ease, scrape all the strings up to the most acute rope to the more serious, it can be a little more difficult.
For these two steps, the goal is to play all the strings together and make a full sound. And, not to sound the strings one by one and slowly. So to ring all the strings in one motion.
- Step 3, chain step 1 and step 2 to a principle of return (which is the name of this technique). So make first down then up and start again.
Initially, the goal is not to go fast, but your game is fluid. When you’re comfortable, and your game will be fluid so that you can go faster.
Step 4, and the last vary your game to assimilate different rhythm, a small list of variants to work to be comfortable when you learn some music.
- Low – High – Low
- Low – High – Low – High
- High – Low – High
- High – Low – High – Low
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