Slowing down songs is another great way to learn from records and your song collection. I use Song Surgeon, which works really well for this. Check it out.
Let's have some fun with open strings when we play guitar licks. As you can see in the video, I'm not using a guitar pick. There are a couple of reasons for that.
First, you get a very different sound when playing with your fretting hand's fingers. It's a softer sound, but you can also pop and pull on the strings for a snappy tone.
Second, it's often easier to incorporate open strings into your playing when using your fretting hands' fingers, because you use 4 fingers on their own strings. The thumb may play the low E, index finger the D string, middle finger the G String and ring finger the B string. This is a very different approach from playing with a pick.
You can still use a pick if you want, when using open strings when playing lead ideas. It's just a little more limiting, since you need to only play on 2 adjacent strings. With no pick, you have more options and possibilities. Try both!
Experiment with adding an open string to some of your regular licks. Figure out if the G or B or high E string fits in with the chord or key of the song, and see what cool sounds you can come up with.
I have lots of gear demos too on this site. Go and take a look at some of my Guitar Videos for some examples of gear I use or have used.
very cool.did some not realizing it.looks like I have more work to do on it. Thanks RobertComment added on November 23, 2012
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