6 easy techniques to play electric guitar in several ways

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Record-Producer.com.

Thursday September 26, 2019

Playing electric guitar effortlessly and skilfully needs a lot of practice. If you want to stand out in the pool of talented guitarist, you become a master of various techniques. You can achieve this by practicing rigorously with 100% dedication. Create music that shows your style and personality.

You can develop your skills by learning new techniques. Each technique is different from others. The sound produced by using different techniques is different from each other. You can look for techniques that suit your type of music and start working on it. You can learn these techniques by taking guitar lessons from professionals by attending their classes personally or on the internet.

Here Are 6 Interesting and Very Idiosyncratic Playing Techniques:

Vibrato Technique

It's a very simple technique. In this, the sound is produced by bending the strings and then releasing them back. To produce sound in vibrato, you need to press down the guitar string slightly using your finger and then remove it immediately and bring it back to a natural position.

Vibrato technique sustains the notes and brings life to the notes. This technique is generally used on long notes. The music created by using this technique is beautiful and express emotions.

Bending Technique

This technique can be used for both electric and acoustic guitar. This is the simplest technique for playing electric guitar. It is the best example of how a simple technique can take a piece of ordinary music to an extraordinary level. Be it, Blues tradition or American rock and roll guitarist used this technique and made their guitar sing.

It is mostly used to change the note's pitch. Having control over bending the string is the secret to excelling in this technique.

The music is created by bending one string slightly, keeping it close to another note's pitch, getting the right bend where are magic lies.


In this technique, the note gets the sound without being picked. Hammer- on is also a left-hand technique but takes single- note playing to a whole new level. It also adds speed to the music. You start by picking up the initial note followed by slamming other note using your fingertip. Excelling this technique needs some practice and devotion. But once you become comfortable with it, execution would be much easier.


As the name suggests, the sound is produced by plucking your finger off the guitar string. It is generally used in conditions where a lower note follows the higher note. It helps in increasing the speed of the guitarist as there is no need to pick all the notes.


This technique is also known as Pick-slide. It is mostly used in the metal, punk or rock music. The sound is generated by holding the pick from the edge and moving it along the selected 3-4 wound strings. While moving across the strings, the vibration is produced. This creates the note. The pitch of the note depends on the proximity of the pick to the string's windings. While moving closer to the bridge pitch is increased whereas it lowers while moving towards the neck.


There are several right-hand techniques related to electric guitar. Fingers, hybrid picking, nails, and plectrums are some of the most popular right-hand techniques.

In this, the guitarist plays the guitar by using a pick, as well as, the right-hand fingers. This technique is applicable to all kinds of music.


If you want to establish yourself as an electronic guitarist, learning and gaining expertise in various electric guitar techniques is very important. The more you learn, the more you would grow as a musician.

Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.

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