Electric Guitar Techniques

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When I was about 14 years old I saw a live concert on television in which Edward Van Halen performed some tapped bends on his electric guitar and they blew me away. He did some sliding taps and some bent taps and I immediately thought, "Wow, this man is truly a master of the electric guitar; he has absolute control over it and never makes any mistakes." Although now I consider tapped bends to be a fairly simple technique, they are still interesting musically, and the most difficult thing about them is knowing where to tap so that your notes stay in key. Try out this simple lick that uses tapped bends (apologies for the tablature, which is a little difficult to read): G string:
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Body Contour This refers to where the guitar body is sculpted to make it fit more comfortably with the human body. A good example is the Fender Stratocaster, which is contoured at the back (called the 'tummy contour ') and on the front (called the 'forearm contour '). Balance and Weight A good body shape will be balanced weightwise, so the guitar sits well when worn with a strap without tilting toward the headstock or the body. The larger or thicker bodies, especially those made of heavier woods, can be very heavy and tiring to play. Guitar Body Woods The look of each piece of wood is unique; even within one tree species, pieces vary from one to the next in grain pattern, color weight, and density. The sonic properties of different woods and their different and densities, vary dramatically. Every once sustained well and have a brighter, more articulate sound. Light weight with scant sound, indistinct or muddy, especially in guitars with hum-bucking pickups. Medium-weight woods fault in the middle and are the traditional preference. In terms of weight vs. wood types, dense woods such as maple …show more content…
While some people like the "muddy" sound of an older set of strings, newer strings have a "brighter" resonance to them. If you are planning on changing your acoustic guitar strings you first need to remove the old strings. To do this simply unwind the tuners so there is a lot of slack on the string. Using a bridge pin puller, pull out the six bridge pins and remove the strings. Finish unwinding the strings so they are free of the tuning pegs. Now that you have removed the old strings, it 's time to replace them. To make things easier, you will want to put each new string on one at a time. Start with the high E string and work your way to the low E string. Place the string in the hole where the bridge pin goes and firmly place the bridge pin on top of it. Slide the other end of the string through the whole on the tuning peg for that string. Leave enough slack for the string to be wound 3 -5 times around the peg before it is tight. This will help to keep the string from breaking easily in the future. While you tighten the string keep in mind two things. First, wind them all in the same direction, counter or clockwise, but be consistent. Second, make sure you keep your thumb firmly on the bridge pin while you tighten to keep the string from pulling out. After repeating this on all of your strings, you should go back and pull slightly on each string to stretch

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