In this video I demonstrate how you can add some expression to your playing with a few common guitar techniques. We’ll use the C Major Scale to learn how to spice things up with hammers, pull-offs, slides and more.
- Know how to put an emphasis on the downbeat
- Know how to play a Hammer
- Know how to play a Pull-off
- Know how to play a Hammer/Pull-off
- Know how to play a Slide
- Know how to play a Walk-up
Play through all the exercises in this lesson. When you feel ready, try using these techniques with the other major scales you’ve learned.
- Begin by placing an emphasis on the downbeat to develop a more rhythmic feel.
- Once your rhythmic feel is established, add a hammer on the 2nd and/or 3rd beat of each scale as you are ascending (moving higher in sound).
- Next, add a Pull-off on the 2nd and/or 3rd beat of each scale as you are descending (moving lower in sound).
- Continue using this process to practice the Hammer/pull-off and slide techniques with each scale.
You may have to adjust your fingering a little in order to accommodate different scales. For example, you cannot move down 4 steps in the Key of G to play a low D for the Walk-up without lowering the 6th string.
Here are Two Alternatives:
1. Start with the open D on the 4h string: D E F# G
2. Walk-Down from the open D string: D F# E G
Use your ear to come up with something that you think sounds good. That’s also an important part of creating good music!
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