Learning to play blues guitar is indeed one of the great lessons many aspiring musicians want to learn. Playing blues guitar solo is a much more interesting thing to learn as well. If you want to impress your friends, you must have to gather first your patience and zest and learn some blues guitar techniques to help you master your presentation.
Here are some blues guitar techniques to help spice up your solo performance.
String bending – string bending is a technique not only used in blues but also in other genres and styles. You can also find this in rock music too. String bending is a technique which is done by bending a sting up or pulling a string down. This technique allows a pitch to change and is often used in solos because it gives a more ‘vocal’ sound to it. The bending in this technique must be done with three fingers and not just that one finger on the string.
The vibrato is also one of the blues guitar techniques that also give your guitar solo that extra professional sound. Like the string bending, it also gives a vocal quality to your guitar playing. This technique changes the pitch slightly higher and then allowing it to go back to the original pitch. You can find great video tutorials on how to do the vibrato technique to help you practice it correctly.
The slide is another technique you can use in your guitar solo. The slide is also very popular and a very good technique as well to master if you want to do well in guitar playing. Mastering this technique may take a little patience than the rest of the technique but once you have mastered it, it can be a great technique to get a tone without picking a string. The slide technique is done by sounding one note and then sliding the note to another fret on the same string without picking the string while sliding. You can practice this technique one or two frets away to make it a little easier. If you pick a note and it died down before you slide to the next fret, you have to keep in mind that the key to this technique is to keep pressing the string down while sliding the note to the next fret to get that tone. Another key to this technique is constant practice. Once you get the hang of it, it can be done effortlessly.
These are just three of the most common blues guitar techniques you can apply in your solo. You can still learn many other techniques like the arpeggio, hammer-on and the pull-off. When you eventually master these blues guitar techniques, you will not only make a great guitar solo with blues, but you can also easily learn to play other styles well. Rock music also makes use of most of these techniques, so learning other styles would be a little easier once you get to master these techniques.