Learning Blues Guitar – Techniques In Playing Solo

Learning to play blues guitar is indeed one of the great lessons many aspiring musicians want to learn. Playing blues guitar solo is a much more interesting thing to learn as well. If you want to impress your friends, you must have to gather first your patience and zest and learn some blues guitar techniques to help you master your presentation.

Here are some blues guitar techniques to help spice up your solo performance.

String bending – string bending is a technique not only used in blues but also in other genres and styles. You can also find this in rock music too. String bending is a technique which is done by bending a sting up or pulling a string down. This technique allows a pitch to change and is often used in solos because it gives a more ‘vocal’ sound to it. The bending in this technique must be done with three fingers and not just that one finger on the string.

The vibrato is also one of the blues guitar techniques that also give your guitar solo that extra professional sound. Like the string bending, it also gives a vocal quality to your guitar playing. This technique changes the pitch slightly higher and then allowing it to go back to the original pitch. You can find great video tutorials on how to do the vibrato technique to help you practice it correctly.

The slide is another technique you can use in your guitar solo. The slide is also very popular and a very good technique as well to master if you want to do well in guitar playing. Mastering this technique may take a little patience than the rest of the technique but once you have mastered it, it can be a great technique to get a tone without picking a string. The slide technique is done by sounding one note and then sliding the note to another fret on the same string without picking the string while sliding. You can practice this technique one or two frets away to make it a little easier. If you pick a note and it died down before you slide to the next fret, you have to keep in mind that the key to this technique is to keep pressing the string down while sliding the note to the next fret to get that tone. Another key to this technique is constant practice. Once you get the hang of it, it can be done effortlessly.

These are just three of the most common blues guitar techniques you can apply in your solo. You can still learn many other techniques like the arpeggio, hammer-on and the pull-off. When you eventually master these blues guitar techniques, you will not only make a great guitar solo with blues, but you can also easily learn to play other styles well. Rock music also makes use of most of these techniques, so learning other styles would be a little easier once you get to master these techniques.
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A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60's cult group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me, Can We Still Be Friends, and Bang The Drum.In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that, for millions, defined the term "progressive rock."Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for a number of television series, including Pee Wees Playhouse and Crime Story.In 2012 Rundgren performed his iconic 1973 album A Wizard A True Star in concert in its entirety for the first time ever, and last year did the same with a double bill: Todd & Healing. His most recent studio album, GLOBAL, was released in April 2015; his latest studio album, White Knight, is set for release in Spring 2017. He continues to tour with Ringo Starr as an erstwhile member of the All-Starr Band, and to perform with symphony orchestras both domestically and internationally. In 1998 Todd debuted his new PatroNet technology which for the first time allowed fans of a musical artist to subscribe directly to the artists musical output via the Internet. This caps a long history of groundbreaking early multimedia "firsts", including: 1978: The first interactive television concert, broadcast live over the Warner/QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio (the home audience chose each song.in real time during the concert by voting via QUBEs 2-way operating system). 1978: The first live nationally broadcast stereo radio concert (by microwave), linking 40 cities around the country. 1979: The opening of Utopia Video Studios, a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility. The first project produced by Todd there is Gustav Holsts The Planets, commissioned by RCA SelectaVision as the first demonstration software for their new videodisc format. 1980: Creation of the first color graphics tablet, which was licensed to Apple and released as The Utopia Graphics Tablet. 1981: Time Heals, the first music video to utilize state-of-the-art compositing of live action and computer graphics (produced and directed by Todd), becomes the second video to be played on MTV (after Video Killed the Radio Star). 1982: The first live national cablecast of a rock concert (on the USA Network), simulcast in stereo to over 120 radio stations. 1982: The first two commercially released music videos, one of which was nominated for the first-ever Grammy awarded for Best Short Form Video in 1983. 1992: The first commercially available music downloads via CompuServe. 1993: The release of No World Order, the worlds first interactive record album on CD-i. The first commercially available music downloads via CompuServe. 1994: The release of The Individualist, the worlds first full-length Enhanced CD. 1994: The worlds first interactive concert tour. 1998: Launches PatroNet, the worlds first direct artist subscription service 2016: The production of the world's first full length concert shot with multiple Virtual Reality 360 cameras.