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Multi-style guitar the various techniques


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Multi-stylistic guitar, I wanted to collect in this text the basic topics of the various subjects that a musician begins to study. It is a multi-style path, in the sense that the subjects covered will be useful both for the rock, pop, blues guitarist and for the jazz player.

The technique first of all, to learn to have a physical approach with the multi-style guitar. Taking care of the aspects of the setting from the outset, understood as posture of the body and subsequently of the hands. Right and left, with various exercises aimed at developing coordination, articulation, independence, speed etc. Then move on to the study of the melodic technique, with major, minor, modal, narrow and late scales. Pentatonic, blues, rhythmic melodic patterns, harmonic and melodic arpeggios. All topics that will then be applied to the study of musical pieces according to the chosen genre and style. Triads chords, quatriads chords, and power chords with uprisings will also be considered. All material that will find application on songs and backing tracks.

Reading, a subject with which sooner or later the guitarist will have to deal! Why not start immediately reading from the staff, scales, phrases, chords, as well as from guitar diagrams or tabs, which in any case remain very valid tools for memorization and assimilation. Let's not forget that printouts, otherwise known as tabulations, are an invention that dates back to 1500, and the notation system on the musical staff, the staff, represents an evolution-update of that invention, and not the other way around! Particular attention must be paid to the rhythmic reading which I believe to be of fundamental importance, especially to take care of the basic coordination between elements of the rhythm, such as the downbeat and the upbeat and the technical aspects of the movement of the pick, which can initially be associated, to make the various rhythmic figures are clearer and more synchronized.

I also included the first basic theory information, hints on sound and characteristics, tempered system, alterations, circle of fifths, diatonic and chromatic scale, reading keys, musical figures, time signature, point, ties.

Claudio Ricci
teacher of Saint Louis College of Music