Hey there! I'm Jenny, and I'm here to share some really cool and not commonly used guitar techniques with you. If you're looking to take your guitar playing to the next level and impress your friends with some unique skills, you've come to the right place. Let's dive in!

1. Tapping: You've probably heard of tapping before, but have you tried incorporating it into your playing? Tapping involves using your picking hand to tap on the fretboard, creating fast and intricate melodies. It's a technique commonly associated with guitar legends like Eddie Van Halen. Experiment with tapping on different strings and frets to create some mind-blowing sounds.

2. Harmonics: Harmonics are those beautiful, bell-like tones that add a magical touch to your playing. While natural harmonics are commonly used, try exploring artificial harmonics. To achieve artificial harmonics, lightly touch the string with your picking hand's index finger after picking it. This technique produces a higher-pitched harmonic sound and can be used to create some really unique melodies.

3. Slide harmonics: Now, let's combine sliding and harmonics for an even cooler effect. Start by playing a natural harmonic, then slide your finger up or down the string while maintaining pressure. This creates a mesmerizing sliding harmonic sound that can add a whole new dimension to your playing.

4. Percussive techniques: Don't limit yourself to just playing the strings. Incorporate percussive techniques into your playing to create a rhythmic and dynamic sound. Experiment with tapping the body of your guitar, slapping the strings, or using your fingers to create drum-like sounds on the strings. This adds a whole new layer of texture to your playing and can make your guitar sound like a full band.

5. Alternate tunings: While alternate tunings are not necessarily a technique, they can open up a world of unique possibilities. Experiment with tunings like DADGAD, Open D, or Open G to discover new chord voicings and create a fresh sound. Each tuning has its own character and can inspire you to play in ways you never thought possible.

Remember, these techniques require practice and patience. Start slow and gradually build up your speed and accuracy. Don't be afraid to experiment and make these techniques your own. The key is to have fun and let your creativity flow.

So, whether you're looking to add some flair to your solos or create a completely new sound, these cool and not commonly used guitar techniques will definitely take your playing to the next level. Give them a try and let your guitar skills shine!

Keep exploring, keep practicing, and keep rocking!

Jenny Riff
Jazz Music, Music Therapy, Psychology, Guitar Techniques

Jenny Riff is a jazz guitarist and a music therapist. She has a master's degree in Music Therapy and uses guitar in her therapy sessions. Jenny loves to explore the therapeutic effects of music and shares her insights with the Guitars Republic community.