Guitar techniques on using dynamics.
Guitar Techniques: Knowing how to use guitar techniques and dynamics is essential to performers as these can help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using guitar techniques and dynamics can help you to make your performance stand out from the crowd. Dynamics are also a simple way to add emotion expression to a song.
Guitar Techniques – Dynamics
Hard Driving Sections to Soft Sections
It can be easy to fall into the trap of playing the same guitar techniques and riffs you’ve become comfortable with; however, the problem with this is that your fans are likely to start loosing interest with your music if all of your music has a familiar sound. Therefore using guitar techniques and dynamics can help to build the melody in different ways for each song you compose. A popular guitar technique is to contract between hard driving sections to a softer section, as it allows the song to breathe.
HOT TIP! You don’t have to be an expert guitar player to add techniques and dynamics to your performance, start with what you know and experiment with guitar techniques from there!
Using Guitar Techniques
Change the Intensity
Changing between picking and strumming can be the easiest way to work on your guitar techniques and dynamics. The benefits of picking the guitar are that you get a more mellow sound from the instrument. Whereas when you’re strumming it can help to build up a livelier section of the song, helping you to strike a balance between both intensities using guitar techniques.
Put Silence/Rests at the End of a Section
Using silences and rests in your melody can help to add extra dynamics which help to bring more emphasis to specific areas of your song. Silences and rests can be used to help emphasize a lyric, or even just to build anticipation for the next section of the song.
Guitar Techniques and Dynamics
Change the Tempo
Another way to bring guitar techniques and dynamics to your performance is to change up the tempo of the song to spark the attention of the listener. The tempo of the song is the speed at which the underlying beat goes, therefore altering this can be an interesting way to bring dynamics when playing the guitar. A slower tempo will help give a mellow feel to the song, whereas a faster one gives an upbeat impression to the song. Changing up the tempo can help to bring more of an effect to the song and helps the guitar player to emphasise certain sections of a song accordingly.
A volume pedal can be used to vary the volume of a performance and create wild dynamics. Volume pedals are popular as they are easier to use than the guitar’s volume control, mainly because they can be operated hands-free, making it easier to do more complex tricks. Using a volume pedal for playing the guitar can help to regulate the volume of the instrument and ensure solos and rhythm sections are all played at the same level.
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