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GUITAR DYNAMICS

The importance of varying your guitar dynamics

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Guitar dynamics: You don’t have to be an expert guitar player to add dynamics to your performance. Start with what you know and experiment with guitar dynamics from there! 

Using different guitar dynamics is essential when playing guitar as dynamics help to spice up your performance, and also your song writing. Using dynamics can help you to make your performance stand out from the crowd. Dynamics are a simple way to add emotion and expression to a song when playing guitar. 

Guitar dynamics is an extract taken from the forthcoming book, The Secret to Success in the Music Industry!

Adding Guitar Dynamics to your Performance

Go from hard driving section to a soft section 

When playing the guitar it can be easy to fall into the trap of playing the same riff you’ve become comfortable with since you started playing. The problem with this is that your fans are unlikely to stay interacted with your music if all of your music has a familiar sound. 

Therefore using guitar dynamics exercises you can help to build the melody in different ways for each song you compose. A popular technique is to contrast between hard driving sections to a softer section as it allows the song to breathe when changing up your guitar dynamics.  

Change the intensity 

Changing between picking and strumming when playing guitar can be the easiest way to work on your guitar dynamics. The benefits of picking the guitar are that you get a more mellow sound from the instrument, whereas when you’re strumming it can help to build up a livelier section of the song. You can consider striking a balance between both intensities using guitar dynamics. 

Advice on Guitar Dynamics

Put silence/rests at the end of a section 

Using silences and rests in your melody can add extra guitar dynamics, which helps to bring more emphasis to specific areas of your song. Silences and rests can be used to emphasise a lyric, or even just to build anticipation for the next section of the song. 

Change the tempo 

Another way to bring guitar dynamics to your performance is to change up the tempo of the song to spark the attention of the listener. The tempo of the song is the speed at which the underlying beat goes, and altering this can be an interesting way to bring guitar dynamics to a song.

A slower tempo will help give a mellow feel to the song, whereas a faster tempo gives an upbeat impression. Changing up the tempo can help to bring more of an effect to the song and helps the guitar player to emphasise certain sections of a song accordingly. 

Volume pedal 

A volume pedal can be used to vary the volume of a performance and create wild guitar dynamics. Volume pedals are popular as they are easier to use than the guitar’s volume control, mainly because they can be operated hands-free, making it easier to do more complex tricks. Using a volume pedal for playing guitar can help to regulate the volume of the instrument and ensure solos and rhythm sections are all played at the same level. 

Whatever you do keep it simple; there is no substitute for a good song and performance. These guitar dynamics should aid that so don’t get too carried away.

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