Alternate-picking is a guitar playing technique, necessarily used only by pick-users, that employs strictly alternating downward and upward picking strokes in a continuous run. It is the most common method of plectrum playing. If this technique is performed on a single note at speed then it may also be referred to as tremolo picking. ...more on Wikipedia about "Alternate picking"
American fingerstyle guitar is a style of fingerpicking. It includes elements of blues, ragtime, country, gospel, jazz, and many regional music traditions. ...more on Wikipedia about "American fingerstyle guitar"
The Ancient Form of Weaving is the style of guitar playing perfected by Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, and later Keith Richards & Ron Wood. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ancient Form of Weaving"
Barre chords are a type of guitar chord where one or more fingers are used to fret (press down) several or all of the strings across the guitar fingerboard in order to play a chord not restricted by the tones of the guitar's open strings. Barre chords are often referred to as "moveable" chords, as they can be moved up and down the neck as needed. They are commonly used in most popular and classical music and are frequently used in combination with "open" or standard guitar chords. Frequently referred to as "jazz" chords, they are typically used for more complex chord voicings and playing in keys not suitable for the more basic open chords of the first position of a standard-tuned guitar. ...more on Wikipedia about "Barre chord"
A bend is a guitar technique that involves "bending" the tone upwards, thus making the note or chord sound sharper that normal. Such pitch changing technique usually produces extremly smooth tone, unlike the sliding, that sounds somewhat chunky as the finger passes frets. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bend (guitar)"
Crosspicking is a technique for playing various stringed instruments using a plectrum or flatpick in a rolling, syncopated style across three strings. This style is probably best known as one element of the flatpicking style in bluegrass music and closely resembles some banjo styles. ...more on Wikipedia about "Crosspicking"
Downpicking is the technique used by musicians that perform on plucked string instruments in which the plectrum, or pick, is moved in a downward motion, relative to the position of the instrument, against one or more of the strings to make them vibrate. When a performer is using this techinique he or she is said to be using downstrokes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Downpicking"
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Economy picking is a guitar-playing technique, for a guitarist who uses a pick. A hybrid of sweep picking and alternate picking, economy picking involves using alternate picking except when changing strings. In this case the guitarist changes to sweep picking, picking in the direction of travel: an upstroke if changing to a lower (pitch) string, a downstroke if changing to a higher (pitch) string. The aim is to minimize movement in the right hand, and avoid the motion of "jumping" over a string prior to picking it, as often occurs in alternate-picking. Thus the picking pattern of an ascending three-note-per-string scale would be: D-U-D-D-U-D-D-U-D..., and the descending pattern would be: U-D-U-U-D-U-U-D-U... ...more on Wikipedia about "Economy picking"
Fingerpicking, or playing fingerstyle, is a technique for playing the guitar, or some other stringed instrument using the fingertips and/or fingernails, rather than with a plectrum (or "pick"). It is used for classical guitar, and some other acoustic styles, but it has found its way into other genres as well, including rock and roll, although its use in such genres is relatively rare. There is a whole school of jazz guitar playing using the technique. Joe Pass was a leading exponent of the technique and currently Britain's Martin Taylor is noted for this chord- melody approach. It is not the only way to play the guitar without a pick, but it is perhaps the most common method used by professional guitar players. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fingerpicking"
Flatpicking is a technique for playing the steel-stringed acoustic guitar using a plectrum or flatpick. Although the term is used in other genres, it is probably best known as the lead guitar style in bluegrass music and old-time country music. Probably starting around 1930, flatpicking was developed when guitarists began arranging old-time American fiddle tunes as featured guitar breaks, rather than using the instrument for simple rhythmic accompaniment and the occasional bass run. The melodic style in bluegrass is typically fast and loud, with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, powerful strumming and rapid crosspicking. Bluegrass flatpickers play with a medium to thick flatpick or plectrum and often prefer heavily-strung flat-top guitars such as the 'Dreadnought' models made by C.F Martin & Company. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flatpicking"
Hammer-on is a stringed instrument playing technique performed (especially on guitar) by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. This technique is the logical opposite of the pull-off. Passages in which a large proportion of the notes are performed as hammer-ons and pull-offs instead of being plucked or picked in the normal fashion are known in classical guitar terminology as legato phrases. The sound is more smooth and connected than in a normally picked phrase. The technique also facilitates very fast playing because the picking hand does not have to move at such a high rate, and coordination between the hands only has to be achieved at certain points. Multiple hammer-ons and pull-offs together are sometimes also referred to colloquially as "rolls," a reference to the fluid sound of the technique. A rapid series of hammer-ons and pull-offs between a single pair of notes is called a trill. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hammer-on"
Hybrid picking is a guitar-playing technique that involves picking with a pick and fingers at the same time. It therefore allows guitar players who use a pick (plectrum) to perform music which would normally require fingerstyle playing. It also facilitates wide string leaps (e.g. from the fifth string to the first string, etc) which might otherwise be quite difficult. The technique is not incredibly widespread in most genres of guitar playing (though notable exceptions exist, see below), but is most often employed by country/ bluegrass flatpickers who play music which occasionally demands fingerstyle passages. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hybrid picking"
The palm mute, also known as palm muting, is a playing technique for the guitar. Palm mutes are executed by resting the edge of the picking hand's palm on the strings near the bridge, producing a dampened sound. The name is a slight misnomer, as muting is performed by the heel of the hand in general. ...more on Wikipedia about "Palm mute"
Pattern picking is the use of "preset right-hand pattern[s]" while fingerpicking on a guitar (the left hand voicing traditional chords). (Traum 1974, p.12) ...more on Wikipedia about "Pattern picking" Enjoy www.shortopedia.com. shortopedia
Picados -- the flamenco scales of a guitar or guitar playing technique by which the musician plays scale passages by alternating the index and middle fingers. Picados is normally executed apoyando (with rest strokes). ...more on Wikipedia about "Picados"
A pinch harmonic is a guitar technique in which the nail or thumb slightly catches the string after it is picked, creating a high pitched sound in any position. This technique is most widely used in heavy metal and rock music where heavy distortion ensures that the quiet overtones produced are greatly amplified for a high screaming wail. Pinch harmonics are a form of artificial harmonics. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pinch harmonic"
A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by "pulling" a fretting finger off the fingerboard. A pull-off is almost always performed on a string which is already vibrating (a normal note having already been played on it). When the fretting finger is pulled off (usually exposing another fretting finger on the same string, a few frets down the fingerboard) the note playing on the string falls to that corresponding with the new, longer vibrating length of the string. Pull-offs are common both on fretted and unfretted instruments, and are often used to sound grace notes: as the string is not picked or bowed again to produce the sound of the second note, the transition from one to the other sounds gentler and less percussive. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pull-off"
A rasgueado or rasgueo is a technical strum in flamenco guitar that uses the back of the fingernails in sequence to give the impression of a very rapid strum. There are several types of rasgueado employing a different number of fingers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Rasgueado"
Shredding refers to a guitar playing style where technical proficiency is the major goal. ...more on Wikipedia about "Shredding (guitar playing technique)"
Slide guitar or bottleneck guitar is a particular method or technique for playing the guitar. Instead of altering the pitch of the strings in the normal manner (by pressing the string against frets), a slide is used to vary the vibrating length, and the pitch. ...more on Wikipedia about "Slide guitar"
Sweep picking is the term for a guitar technique when a guitarist picks a string on their guitar downwards and then the next string below it downwards, in a 'sweeping' motion. This also applies for upward strokes, in which a player will sweep up the guitar strings towards themselves. Most guitarists will sweep across three or more notes within the same chord, but the notes are fretted with each fingertip separately (i.e. absence of barre chords) as the technique involves the player's pick striking each string and then pulling their finger off of the note they have just played to mute the sound produced. When properly executed, there is never more than one note sounding at a time. This is also sometimes called the " legato technique". Guitarists usually sweep pick arpeggios, as they produce a specific neo-classical, violin-like feel to their phrasing. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sweep picking"
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(Sweep-picking) Sweep picking is a technique used on the guitar in which multiple, adjacent strings are articulated, and thus sounded in succession without ringing together, with a single pickstroke much akin to the strumming of a chord. Almost exclusively applied for arpeggios, the movable shapes of which lend themselves to it, Sweep picked licks (lead phrases) were popularized by Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacApline, Vinnie Moore, Michael Angelo Batio, Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, and other shredders. Although few strokes are requisite in a sweeped arpeggio, almost all of them need a minimum of two strokes, if a chord tone is utilized without legato facilitating the fluidity; six-string sweeps such as the minor shape need 6 strokes sounding 15 notes, to pass through two octaves and return, this assumes that the chord tones are implemented symmetrically on both the 6th and 1st strings. The five string C sweep that summarizes Yngwie Malmsteen's "Far Beyond the Sun" makes necessary 8 articulations to sound 13 notes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sweep-picking"
Sweep-tapping is a guitar virtuoso technique that basically blends sweep picking and tapping. It consists of executing a regular sweep picking arpeggio but tapping the notes with the right hand (as done in the tapping technique) instead of using the pick to complete the arpeggio. Usually, licks played this way end with some "extra" tapped notes at the end of the arpeggio, making it sound interesting and unique. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sweep-tapping"
Tapping is a playing technique (generally associated with electric guitar playing, though the technique can be performed on any string instrument) executed by using the fingers of the picking hand to tap the strings against the fingerboard, sounding notes. Tapping (also known as a two-hand hammer-on, or the redundant "fingertapping"), performed in conjunction with normal fingering by the fret hand, facilitates the construction of note intervals that would otherwise be impossible using the fretting hand alone. Tapping usually incorporates pull-offs as well, where the finger that just tapped the fingerboard to sound a note is then swept off with enough lateral motion to sound that same string again — this time on a lower note than the tap (fretted by another finger before the pull-off, or simply left open). ...more on Wikipedia about "Tapping"
Tremolo picking is a technique of picking on the guitar. The plectrum, or pick, is moved up and down rapidly, using the wrist, to hit the intended string of the guitar evenly. This gives a drone-like sound to a guitar, and more of a muddled hum than a clear and distinctive note. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tremolo picking"
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