Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Creative Rock -

EX­AMP LE 3 The five-stringed Am ar­peg­gio is em­bel­lished us­ing notes on the top two strings taken from A Ae­o­lian. Dur­ing the de­scend­ing fret­ting hand tapped sec­tion to­wards the end of bar 11, you may find that you get stronger and more re­li­able re­sults if you also help things along with a light up sweep. This doesn’t have to join on any par­tic­u­lar note; go by in­stinct un­til it feels right. EX­AMP LE 4 Here, in bar 15, the same ba­sic Am ar­peg­gio shape has been em­bel­lished with sur­round­ing notes from the A mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale, giv­ing us a com­bi­na­tion that tra­verses all six strings. Al­though tech­niques like sweep­ing and tap­ping can be very ef­fi­cient and eco­nom­i­cal, it is im­por­tant that your time-keep­ing isn’t com­pro­mised as you make the tran­si­tion from one tech­nique to an­other. In this ex­am­ple, it’s im­por­tant to stick slav­ishly to a strict 16th-note triplet count through­out, mak­ing sure that all the notes are even in dy­nam­ics and vol­ume. Re­mem­ber, your lis­ten­ers are not in­ter­ested in the tech­ni­cal­i­ties - they just want to hear the mu­sic. Fi­nally, no­tice that the first note of beat 3 in bar 15 (C on the first string) can also be played us­ing a fret­ting hand tap, rather than the pick as shown in the ex­am­ple.

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