Vibrato Is the Most Important Technique

All right, here is a rant, more than anything: Vibrato is the most important technique for all soloing guitarists, except classical.   (Well, it’s important in classical, too, though perhaps not the most important) By that, I mean finger vibrato, not the kind you do with your tremolo. Why?  It’s because vibrato is the single…

Ditching Pull-Offs in Favor of All Hammer-on Legato Approach

I’ve always been interested in legato playing, because its smooth tone.  Perhaps because I play single-coils (not compressed like high-output humbuckers), when I try to pick every note, the pick attack just come through too strongly and the resulting sound has a jagged impression. But it didn’t all make sense to me until the last…

Practice What You Enjoy

One of the early mistakes I made was that I didn’t enjoy practicing. Eh, let me rephrase that.  I didn’t practice what I enjoyed. This is especially important when you’re first starting out on the instrument.  Because when you’re learning the most basic things, the number of things you can do are limited.  It can…

My Pick Journey: The Easiest, Cheapest Experiments with Big Impacts

What picks do you use? It’s not the most glamorous piece of gear, but that question seems to set off most serious guitarists.  It’s a very personal choice and everybody has stories about their own preference and experiments. I love experimenting with picks because they are the easiest piece of equipment to swap out yet…

My Choice of Metronome: Sabine ZipBeat 6000

A metronome being something I spend a lot of time with, I consciously sought out one that really works for me. And I chose this one for the sole reason: being able to dial the tempo. It’s just so simple and intuitive.  I hate those metronomes that have a digital display of beats, with up…