5 Vibratos Every Guitarist Wants

The vibrato is one of the most used and sought-after techniques in music. From a theoretical standpoint, vibrato is “a rapid, slight variation in pitch producing a stronger or richer tone”. As many guitar-toting tone-seekers will agree, the right vibrato can make the difference between a good guitarist and a legendary one. Many of us…

Palm Muting, or “Wait, that’s NOT an Upright Bass?!”

It’s always a cool thing to watch. I’ll play a theatre production, and as we’re playing the exit music, I’ll watch as people peek their heads over the rail, look over at me and then at their friends with a shocked expression. What usually follows is either “Where’s the upright bass?” or something to that…

Slap Bass Bassics – The Thumb Upstroke

In our first installment, we talked about the thumb as the bass drum of the slap bass “kit.” We also focused on striking through the string rather than bouncing on top of the strings. In this installment, we will focus on the upstroke of the thumb, more commonly referred to as “double thumbing.”

Relaxation and the Economy of the Left Hand, Part 2

In the last article on this subject I wrote about my approach to the left hand, concentrating on the wrist, palm and thumb. This time we’ll look at the fingers. First I’ll start out by saying that I seem to have little girl hands. I am fairly short too, at 5’7”, so those who have much bigger…

Relaxation and the Economy of the Left Hand, Part 1

After writing about my approach to the right hand, I figure that the left hand should get the same treatment. First, I must explain, I am naturally left-handed, at least when I write. I throw with my right hand (except darts, weird, huh?) and will eat with whatever hand is closest to the fork. I…

Tension and the Economy of the Right Hand

While talking to students and trying to assess problems they may have while playing, I am constantly looking inward and trying to figure out why I play the way I play. This includes looking at the position of the guitar on the body, the type of pick, the angle of the wrists and the force…

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