How are you doing ?
No , its I want a dramatic voice over as you know , I love playing the acoustic guitar for me .
It's a great way to forget about everything .
What you see is what you get , whatever love you put in it is given back instantaneously .
And if you're really getting there , the reward is even bigger .
Every sound you hear is a direct and pure result made by your hand .
No effects , no trickery , no artificial sounds , just you the guitar and love .
So today I'm sharing with you five tips to enhance your acoustic game because putting in the effort is really worthwhile .
Number one dynamic in your strumming .
So tip number one is something that I believe it really defines mind playing immensely and doing this can make any basic core progression sound marvelous .
So let's say we're playing FCG .
A minor nine out of 10 people would just start drumming like this .
Yes , like a maniac but no , don't .
Well , not always .
Anyways , try adding some dynamics , meaning really accentuated , difference between loud , also called for and quiet , also called piano .
You can do this in multiple ways .
But the easiest way is to really start making a difference between the strings you're hitting .
And this requires some practice because it's not easy hitting just those strings while making a strumming motion .
But it's really great if you can , I use this technique in my how to turn those same old chords into something beautiful video .
And it leads to being able to play stuff like this .
You see , I'm really making a strumming motion but only picking out the strings .
I'd like to hear not too much on the dynamics in this particular case , but still choosing the strings .
So if we would translate that to the previous courts , let's see what we got .
So one real big bonus which leads me to tip number two is that you can add melodic lines in your chords .
So if you're hearing that thing , like you're trying to start a fire , you're never going to hear those subtle lines running through the chords .
So if you take tip number one of playing with dynamics into account , we can very subtly slide those sweet melodies in between our chords .
And if you want to spice those up even more , there's a myriad of things you can do .
Let's try adding some hammer ons and pull offs to get into the magical territory .
So what notes can you use all the notes that sound good ?
Well , let's be honest , nine out of 10 times you're playing open chords anyways , this usually means that any open string will sound good with the chord some better than others .
Of course , depending on the type of chord .
But try to leave the root note on there and just add as many other notes as you like , try to keep on listening and remember the ones you like number three , why are you even doing this ?
So this is something that will make all the difference .
Whenever you see someone changing chords , they tend to add these transition drums in between and God , they irritate me .
Don't know what I mean .
This kind of playing often sneaks up onto you until you're not even realizing you're doing it .
And I just bet a lot of you are doing this .
So for me , there's two reasons why I dislike this one .
Often the notes are just a bunch of open strings because they play it when they change chords mostly to hide a sloppy transition of something .
So , of course , that's not the most beautiful thing you can hear just open strings , right ?
So number two , it's often pretty messy rhythmically , just put it in .
No one notices .
I've got myself more time on my hands to change courts and yes , next court there we are .
Well , no , it could sound so much sweeter if you just leave those out , think about it , why would you want to emphasize the moment you're changing courts ?
Well , I know why people do it because it's easier .
You've got more time to change .
Brilliant if you're just starting out .
But this also does not encourage you to get the changes right faster .
It's just lazy .
Yes , it is lazy .
You sometimes need to push yourself your fingers and your brain to get the next court faster .
And if you don't push yourself , it never go faster .
So tip three is try leaving out those transitioning notes because your playing will sound a lot cleaner .
Eventually changes will go faster and it'll be just so much nicer to listen to .
Tip number four and here we go .
Finger picking pretty essential if you're on the acoustic , if you ask me .
And by the way , this is also awesome to try and play on the electric .
But anyways , finger picking is such a great manner to let the guitar speak .
You're opening up so much more possibilities .
The beginning can be a bit difficult , but that's why you should do it from the get go so that your finger picking isn't falling behind on the rest .
So that makes it less difficult to cope with the struggles of finger picking .
So , a good video of me to start out with finger picking can be 10 easy finger picking songs where I play .
Yes , you guessed it .
10 extremely hard G no , no , 10 songs played finger picking that aren't that difficult .
So here's an example of what you can do .
Put this guitarist tune and drop the play a minor D minor F and G .
So a few things about finger picking start out slowly and start with letting your thumb do most of the work .
This example started with an A minor chord over here and the thumb is just playing all corner notes .
Now , the fingers only need to add three little notes to make it sound like an intricate finger picking pattern .
So here it is slowly and now move on to different chords , mix the patterns up a little bit and boom .
Crazy could rise .
So the last thing in the list number five , adding percussive elements to the guitar sound .
I'll show you two common ways to add these one strumming and one finger picking .
So first one is drumming to spice up your rhythm playing .
It's pretty common to add a little percussive beat on the weak beats .
Here it is .
So in this case , percussive means that there is no bitch involved .
It's just a dead note .
We're substituting our percussive instrument on just a guitar .
In this case , the snare drum , a very cool thing to incorporate into your playing if you just want a little more than just the acoustic guitar sound .
So how this works is that you just mute the strings with the palm of your right hand where you would usually just strum a chord and put it on the right spot in the rhythm .
And there you are And now for the finger picking part , we're going to add a percussive slap with the side of your thumb , we're hitting the strings , creating a slap sound for a detailed lesson about this technique .
Check out this video where I explained this technique extensively , but this is how cool it can sound .
How cool is that ?
So those were five tips to enhance your acoustic playing and taps for these are available on my Patreon page .
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