Tricks of the Tool Bag
In this three-part video bonus, I show you some of the best tricks you can use to make these arrangements and all your playing stand out with more elegance!
This includes the nuts and bolts of playing “legato”, and then we cover the essentials of vibrato (which many people overcomplicate). Finally, I’ll show you how to add exciting embellishments to your playing to spice up any melody while keeping the timing tidy and tight. These are the exciting techniques that are used by many greats of the guitar!
The phrase “legato” is Italian and means “tied together”. When you use it, it will add a smooth and classy element to your playing. I find legato is essential for intermediate guitarists and in this video, we are covering the techniques of slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
In this video, we cover a simple way of how to practise vibrato just like the greats, such as David Gilmour, do. You’ll discover a super simple way to practise it, use it with confidence, and apply it to the arrangements. Then, we cover some ways you can add the legato and vibrato techniques as covered so far.
In this video, I’m showing you how you can add exciting embellishments to your playing to spice up any melody while keeping the timing tidy and tight. Hendrix, Clapton, and Page were masters of this and you’ll get a start on this style of playing. You may need to watch this video a few times, but there are some key lessons here that will stand you in good stead as you keep developing your playing!
What You Will Learn
- How to play slides properly and without fluffing your notes
- A simple analogy to playing your hammer-ons with conviction and clarity
- The big mistakes many make when playing pull-offs and the “catapult trick” to playing them better
- How to demystify vibrato, and practise it immediately to add a “shimmer” to your playing
- A really fun way to spice up any simple melody using the triplet trick