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The guitar is essentially a drum with strings stretched over it. Its cousin, the banjo, uses a drumhead to cover the body. Whatever style of music you play on the acoustic guitar, you can incorporate slaps, knocks, raps and One - Nag - Toekomst Muziek hands-on-wood effects into your playing that can enliven and add greater sonic interest to your performance.
My own discovery of this technique was prompted by two things. I told you I wanted to be a drummer! As an added benefit, if you have a bass line going on the bottom strings, you can perfectly synchronize them with your kick pattern by attacking the notes with this same pick-hand finger. This guarantees that your virtual bassist and drummer will always be perfectly locked in together.
My rule is that the snare is wherever I can reach it, based on whatever other duties either hand is performing. These include taping a cocktail napkin to that part of the body, much as a drummer will put a towel over his snare to dampen it or a lead guitarist will tie a sock around the neck in front of the nut to suppress sympathetic string vibration when recording a solo.
If you cringe at the idea of taping anything to a valuable or favorite guitar, Playing Games Again - Guitar Gangsters - Power Chords For England might want to consider Look What Youve Done - Joe Cocker - Sheffield Steel a less-precious instrument for this purpose. This way of playing the guitar is similar to playing a conga drum and requires a bit of resourcefulness and creative problem solving, as any given groove can pose different physical challenges and restrictions and call for a certain pitch produced by striking the body at just the right place.
Tapping on the side of the body with either hand produces a higher-pitched snare sound akin to hitting a conga drum near the rim that I like to use to achieve a cross-stick kind of effect. By sweeping either hand along the wound strings, you can approximate the sound of closed or open hi-hats. Depending on your musical proclivities, you can conjure up a little old-school vinyl scratching by sweeping your hand over the strings in Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit) (Radio Edit) - Various - Taneční Liga 102 way that visually resembles a DJ manipulating a record turntable think Tom Morello.
Obviously, the strings provide the harmonic information, but they can also serve as drone notes to fill out your arrangement and provide an ambient environment for percussive playing.
This obviously affects what you can do with your fret hand, as you now have to fret notes from above the top side of the neck, like a piano. I also sometimes use my fret-hand middle finger to produce the previously mentioned snare-drum grace notes that provide some of the rhythmic finesse and chatter that a real drummer would.
Many guitarists overlook that critical extra sound source—your voice. You can think of it as a seventh string, if you like, and it has the advantage of operating completely outside the confines of the instrument. Whereas open strings drone and remain static, sung melodies are able to move freely, and the voice can carry a lyric to the listener. Many guitarists are less sure of their voices than they are of their playing. Also try humming or playing a harmonica with a hands-free brace, Bob Dylan—style.
Anything that helps you achieve what you hear in your mind is fair game. The bass notes and kick drum are one and the same in this case and are picked with the thumb a couple of quick hammer-ons are employed too.
The Xs in the tablature indicate the virtual snare-drum hits, which fall on beats Playing Games Again - Guitar Gangsters - Power Chords For England and four as the bass notes are allowed to ring.
FIGURE 1b builds upon the basic bass-and-drums groove pattern and introduces melodic licks played in the upper register on the higher strings. Here, snare-drum duty is shared by both hands, specifically on beat three of bar 2, where I use my momentarily available fret hand to do a snare tap again, indicated in the tablature by Xs as my pick hand simultaneously plucks the open first string.
A vamp such as this one can be used as an accompaniment to a singer or another instrument and form the basis for an entire section of a song, such as a verse. I then strum the remaining chords by brushing my pick-hand fingernails across the strings but continue to use the kick-drum technique to get a pitchless thump while the chords ring out.
Other techniques employed here include snare hits indicated by Xs on the higher tab lines and slapped natural harmonics N. This kind of playing is obviously a challenge to convey on paper, so be sure to check out the accompanying video below.
The critical thing is to get it to groove and create a tight pocket, so that you have a rhythm section to sing or play harmonica over. In this song, I happen to do both. When these tools serve a song, I find they transcend gimmickry.
My goal here has been to make my techniques Colour Of Darkness - The Gentry - Solitary simple as possible so that others can incorporate them into their songwriting.
To hear and see more demonstrations of how I employ and combine the techniques covered in this lesson, check out the companion instructional video at guitarworld.
Other fingers can be Playing Games Again - Guitar Gangsters - Power Chords For England , and you should use whichever one you prefer. Hi-hat By sweeping either hand along the wound strings, you can approximate the sound of closed or open hi-hats. Topics Mike Errico.
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