There is no doubt that guitarists are one of the more common types of musician out there, joining the bandwagon of singers, pianists and violinists. That said, there are also a lot of great guitar players out there doing fast shreds, amazing guitar solos and all. But the one thing that is always present with good players is the clarity of their guitar sound. This is the reason why musicians always use the saying “practice makes perfect”, but we must also understand that we need to practice what is correct because another saying goes “practice makes permanent”.
Producing clean guitar sound can be achieved in various ways and techniques. One of the best ways to approach it is through slow practice. As our fingers rely on muscle memory, it is important that they receive clear information on what needs to be executed. Doing the task slowly will provide enough space to take in the intricate movements your fingers will perform for proper execution. Another method is by playing the piece by your left hand while cancelling out the right hand movements. This ensures that the left hand knows what it is going to execute, and it helps you anticipate skips, positional jumps, and fast passages.
Ones you have ensured that your fingers know what it is tasked to do, it is time to use a metronome to play the piece as precisely as you can, starting from a slow tempo and gradually increasing it when you feel comfortable. Let’s say you play a passage at 60 bpm, and you repeatedly play the part that requires practice. Once you feel that you can play it effortlessly, step it up 10 bpm faster, and keep doing this until you reach the desired tempo.
While we have covered how you can work your way to playing clean, it is also important that you sound pleasing and, if possible, attractive. There are a few ways to achieve this, depending on which guitar you play. For electric guitar players, make sure that the guitar tone is not too piercing (too bright and open), and not too muddy (too much bass and mid). For classical guitarists, it is a must to shape your nails properly to avoid the nail sound. You should also avoid sharp tones and strive to achieve a round and projecting tone.
These two things can be developed through practice and constant listening. It is very important to hear yourself clearly to improve the way you sound and the clarity of your playing in order to achieve clean and good guitar sound. Hone your guitar sound and playing skills by enrolling in guitar lessons at Aureus Academy. Our qualified teachers are capable of teaching classical, acoustic, and electric guitar.
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