Whether it’s playing a whacky-looking guitar or sporting outrageous clothing, all rock guitarists want to stand out from the crowd. However, apart from the obvious, guitarists can also incorporate some unusual guitar techniques into their playing that look weird and sound different.
1. Spider tapping
While you may all be familiar with the traditional Eddie Van Halen style two-hand tap, why not take things to the next level and use more than just one finger. Spider tapping involves using more than one finger on the tapping hand to achieve other-worldly sounds traditional players will fail to achieve.
2. Bending the strings behind the bridge
Don’t have a whammy bar? Don’t fret! (pun intended) If your guitar features a fixed bridge, why not play around with the strings in the area between the bridge and the body? You can achieve some pretty outrageous sounds in doing so.
3. Tapped harmonics
Again, with Eddie Van Halen in mind, why not try experimenting with tapped harmonics? Tapped harmonics are a great way to add new sounds to your solos. Experiment by fretting a note, then lightly tapping the corresponding fret an octave higher.
4. Using a slide
While you may not be into country music, a slide can add a new dynamic to your playing. Feel free to use it beyond the frets (up over the pickups) to reach ear piercing pitches that only a dog would hear!
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