What’s great about the guitar is that you can generate so many amazing sounds and emotions from it. One of those techniques is using your pick hand to create a Percussive effect. Creating a percussive effect sounds great over Barre chords, although they are difficult to play at first. But when mastered, they create a nice, full sound. There are two types – Full Barre Chords, and Partial Barre Chords.
What’s the Difference between Full Bar Chords and Partial Barre Chords?
The difference is determined by your Index finger (AKA ‘first’ finger) on guitar.
A full barre chord is when your finger lays down every string on guitar, from Low E to High E. A partial barre chord is when you don’t lay down all six strings. So, if you used your first finger (index finger) to play five strings (A D G B E), then it would still be considered a Partial Bar Chord.
Understand that the piano can NOT play barre chords. The Piano can’t even create any percussion sounds – unless you used the ‘actual’ piano as a drum or percussion instrument, by literally hitting your hand against its’ side, etc. There are people like John Cage who used Prepared Piano in order to stretch the capabilities of the instrument.
Many styles of music such as Funk, Blues, and Rock use percussive barre chords in their compositions!
Double Stops are playing two notes together in harmony to the song. Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, and even Slash of Guns and Roses frequently use double stops in their solos, and song writing. John Petrucci even uses Double Stops when practicing his alternate picking. It helps to know How to Harmonize a Song.
Palm Mutes are created with your pick hand by placing it on the bridge of your guitar. It is used to create tension and release. The cool thing is that you do not need to have an electric guitar in order for it to work – it actually sounds pretty cool on acoustic guitar, too. Some songs that famously use palm muting on guitar are blink 182’s “All The Small Things” Dream Theater’s “Erotomania“, and many bands including Metallica, AFI, A New Found Glory, and more. Use your ear to find out which one of YOUR favorite bands do palm mutes!
OK, so we invited Juice back onto the show to show us MORE strumming tips, questions, and answers! When changing chords on guitar there are a few ‘tips and tricks’ to keep in mind. Watch the video below for more:
Here’s help for switching between Chords:
1.) Slow down the tempo of the song. Alot of times the song will sound better. Learn to walk before you run! Then as you get comfortable slowly increase the tempo. It helps to use a metronome.
2.) Leave the first chord earlier, and play the second chord a tad later. Don’t FORCE yourself to play it like this, but its OK if you need to use this as a crutch. Don’t be afraid to play the open strings in between chords.
3.) Don’t stop. If you mess up during a gig, you should NEVER let your audience know. Likewise, if you make a mistake in strumming, simply keep on going. Don’t let your strumming hand stop – create a smooth transition!
4.) Everyday. This is the most important of all the tips – practice EVERYDAY! And have fun with it :) And pay it forward! Not once a week, not Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Do it EVERYDAY – because you get out of it what you put into it!
The reason why I broke the chords into two separate videos spread over 4 weeks is because I always say that it takes about one week per chord. So I figured I’d give you some time to practice, because practice is important, and everyone gets it over time.
Last week we learned ‘How Microphones Work‘, and tomorrow we’re going to learn ‘How Rockband and GuitarHero work’.
Half Notes are difficult to learn, but just know that every note is based and related to every other note. So what’s that mean? Well, quarter notes are half the beat of half notes. Half notes get half the beat that whole nots get, etc. So the first step is the hardest. The video below will help you, and the chart below that will show you the ‘Note Tree’ – which lays out all the notes and their duration!
Notice below is a ‘Note Tree’. Whole notes get 4 beats, Half notes get 2 beats, Quarter Notes get 1 beat, and Eighth notes get 1/2 a beat.
So the math shows you that Half Notes equal two quarter notes in music. So you may be asking yourself “What’s a Beat?”. Watch this video to find out and when you’re finished with that one, be sure to follow the second video.