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Per a suggestion, I am converting my comment into an answer. WARNING: math ahead (uh-oh, it looks like Music.SE doesn't support MathJAX -- I am going to go ahead and post the TeX code anyway and try to explain it in plain english along the way. I also added a meta request to see if we can't fix the MathJAX problem.) Discounting the inharmonicity due to ...


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The reason for the difference in sound is that the release of the string from the pick is faster than with fingers, which means that fewer of the upper harmonics are damped as the string is released. This gives the pick a brighter sound than the fingers.


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The difference is caused by the different shape of the plucking implement. One easy way to verify this at home is to take your pick (same material and thickness), and pluck the strings with the back of the pick or the side of the pick. The tone will be different because of the different profile of the pick (pointed versus rounded). Also, the thickness of ...


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The usual strum pattern for this is downstrums are on the beat. Thus your hand goes in a downwards position on 1, 2, 3 and 4. This also means that the upstrums will come on the & so will occur on 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Since you're not strumming 8 times in the bar, play the strings on 1 2 & (3) & 4. Obviously that means a ghost strum, ...


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As an addition to the other answers, here's the frequency spectrum of an open low E string of an electric guitar (a Squier strat with a bridge humbucker), strummed with the fleshy part of the finger, plucked with a fingernail, and picked with a plectrum (a Dunlop Delrin-500 .71mm). I played each note a couple of times and then selected one that sounded ...


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Keep playing it 8 - 10 times until you mess up. Then play something else for a few minutes, then go back to your 8 - 10 times. After a few days of that it should grow to 9 - 11 times and then 10 - 12, etc. At some point you'll be spacing out while doing it and then look down and see you're just playing it without thinking. Then you'll be amazed that you're ...


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I had the same issue a while back and concluded it was due to the fact that I was tilting the guitar too much; the fretboard was (slightly) oriented towards the sky, to make it easier to see where my fingers where on the neck. This resulted in my strumming hand strumming the thin strings much harder than the thicker strings when playing a downwards strum. I ...


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They are part of LEGATO playing, along with bends and slides. They SHOULD provide smooth transition from one note to the next. Picked notes generally have an edge to them, so all sound 'attacked'.Whereas hammered-on and pulled-off notes will sound a little more gentle. They are being produced by skin rather than a piece of plastic. They mean that pick ...


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Practice your guitar in bed at night, with the lights off, and try to find the same note over and over consistently. This will help map your physical muscle memory to your guitar. Secondly, take the chord you know the best, like an Am or EMaj or CMaj usually. Finger this chord to the best of your abilities without looking, only by feel. Strum it a few times....


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If you are playing a song that has four beats in a bar (it's in 4/4 time), you can easily strum on each beat of the bar with a down-strum. By using only down-strums you can play steadily, with an even volume. If you want to play twice as fast (in other words, play eight strums per bar), you can play in between the beats with an up-strum. Your right-hand ...


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A strumming pattern is a technique for playing a rhythmic pattern. Most simple rhythms are best played with the strumming pattern you describe because this is the best way to keep your rhythm accurate. As for picking patterns, it is not silly at all. It is crucial that you learn the most mechanically efficient way to execute sequences. For instance: ...


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Welcome to Music: Practice and Theory Stack Exchange. Your question is one I get often from folks in the beginning stages of learning to play guitar. You are absolutely correct in stating that knowing just the chords is not sufficient information to play the song in an authentic manner. The guitar (especially if played as a solo instrument) is a rhythm ...


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A really good example might be Steve Vai - he is a master of the long, fast move or slide to a specific fret. With my current band, I wear a very restrictive mask with laser diodes shining out the eye holes, so my vision is extremely curtailed. To manage moves up and down my fretboard I use three techniques: a rapid slide (muted or unmuted) lets you feel ...


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You can start to practice with your existing guitar, but as mentioned you probably will need to get a steel strung guitar in order to learn the different technique requirements. If you look at the questions we have tagged with guitar and electric-guitar you will see many on strumming, picking, rhythm, up- and down-strokes etc. If you already play classical ...


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As a guitar player who's regularly found on stage, I frequently experience cramps in my fingers just for holding the pick, especially when strumming at high speeds. This is because when you're strumming at high speed, you need a tighter grip on your pick, or you'll risk dropping it. Now, I'm no fan of Slayer myself, but I could imagine that the strumming ...


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It's so awkward to describe this stuff with words. Here's how this pattern, as it's usually played, should be written: X:1 L:1/8 M:C K:C %%score T1 T2 A B V:T1 clef=treble-8 % 1 [V:T1] vB2 vB(uB B)uB vB2 The difference between what OP describes and what is generally meant by this pattern is that in the pattern, the second "up" is on the 2nd part ...


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It's actually quite simple I think. That fingerstyle arrangement is NOT what Schwarz is playing & his version sounds authentic to the recording. He's basically strumming but also picking out & emphasising 2 notes for each chord - sounds difficult but it ain't . The chords are G (320033) , Cadd9 (X32033) and D (XX0232) - they all have that D note on ...


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While, as said by the previous answers, such meters can normally be sudivided into little chunks, it is in my experience not a good idea to let this influence strumming patterns etc. to directly: this is prone to give exactly the experience that many people associate, dislikingly, with odd meters – a "jumpy" sound, as if something is just missing or ...


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Several things to try. Holding the pick so there's only a tiny tip showing. Trying a thicker/thinner pick. Holding the pick more gently so it can 'feather' each way.Start slowly and build up gradually to speed. Practise just using the open string. Use a metronome to keep track of speed.Relax the wrist. Rotate the picking hand rather than use an up/down ...


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In addition to Grey's excellent answer, there's also hybrid picking, where a pick and fingers are used. Often, the pick is held between thumb and index finger (sometimes middle as well) and the remaining fingers can be used to pick strings, usually individually. This works well when the alternative is string skipping, as the hand doesn't need to be moving up ...


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The gypsy right hand technique revolves mostly around the so-called 'rest stroke'. The wrist is bent naturally, the upper arm rests on the top of the guitar. Every time a different string is hit, it's always a down stroke. The down stroke will rest on the string above it, hence, the 'rest stroke'. Down strokes are predominant. The action originates from ...


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I think that the problem you are having is not strumming parallel to the body of the guitar. If you can imagine the black line being the guitar body and the yellow line being the strings. You don't want you strumming to be in a arc but rather in a straight line. Imagine the silver line being the pick while you strum. You would want it to be more like this......


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What happens if you strum a guitar a lot is that as you get older you may develop inflammation or even arthritis in the joint at the base of your thumb especially if the joint is loose. It appears that King is using a rubber band to support the base of his thumb to reduce pain. The surgical procedure to correct this is to take a tendon from another ...


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You should play right-handed. At least give it a solid try. Mainly for two reasons : Not endangering more your wrist : From my experience, the fretting hand is the one that requires the more strength and put the more pressure on your forearm and fingers. Given that you have tendinitis, you should use your right hand to strum, as it requires less strength ...


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A 100% accurate representation of the original or the cover versions that you linked to would be incredibly fiddly and time consuming to do in tab, or even standard notation. I find tab pretty hopeless at the best of times, in that unlike standard notation you do have to use it to a greater or lesser extent in conjunction with your ear to figure it out. Your ...


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I think the confusion came when you saw someone strum all six strings. That is what they did. What they didn't was press all six strings down hard enough to sound. They muted any string with a 'X' shown. In fact, this chord window is only one option. There is actually no need to not include that string, pressed on fret 10.which makes fingering a little fussy....


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I suspect this may not be the answer you were hoping for, but here it is. Based on your question, I am going to assume that you are still learning some techniques and that you have not yet reached a level of advanced proficiency at the guitar, and that you are not an otherwise advanced player who is struggling with one specific technique. Please let me know ...


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If all you have is the words and the chord symbol, then yes, you need to find out the melody first. There's no way to guess from just those pieces; although you could invent your own.


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I think, as far as I can find, that as you say it is a bit of an overstatement for what it is. I think it is very similar to a typical flamenco style, with the only reference being to a guy quoted as "Amin Toufani". The only guy of a similar name who is a flamenco guitarist, is a guy called Amin Toofani, who is known for his youtube viral video. Other than ...


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Some extra bits to add to Bob's answer.Unless you're pretty good at changing chords, don't bother trying the second bar strum pattern, as the last up-strum gives you half the change time that you had in the first bar. A lot of self-taught guitarists get round this by doing the up-strum with open strings.In some keys you can get away with it. In most, it ...


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