Clayton Perlman likes to relax and play his guitar after a long day at work. He picked up his guitar playing skills when he was a teenager and slowly developed his talent by using various techniques. The guitar is probably the most played music instrument in the world. Playing the guitar is not difficult, but it does require practice and a lot of patience. Clayton Perlman shares a couple of guitar playing techniques you should know if you want to become a good guitarist.
Holding the Pick
Holding the pick correctly will help you play the guitar as fast as possible. You will need to hold the pick firmly between your thumb and bent index finger to pluck the strings with downstrokes and upstrokes. Avoid pinching the pick as it will make it difficult to play fast, and will give you an uneven picking angle.
Fretting notes is one of the basic skills needed for playing the guitar. You will need to use the right fingers, and maintain a proper arch so that your fingers do not touch any other string. To achieve this, you will have to place your thumb squarely on the back of the neck, and not over it. Playing close to the fret will eliminate the problem of buzzing.
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs
Pull-offs and hammer-ons produce a legato sound on a string. Legato is playing notes so that they connect smoothly. This requires not plucking the same string twice on the second note. To play a hammer-on, fret the note, pluck the string and without releasing the first fretted note, push down or hammer down on the second note without plucking the string the second time.
Pull-offs, on the other hand, are the exact opposite of how you played a hammer-on. To play a pull-off, fret the first note, pluck the string, and without releasing the first note, fret the second note with another finger, while keeping the second note fretted release the first note. Remember not to pluck the string a second time.