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Watch the Phrasing, Sliding & Dynamics online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Solo Bass

You can make the music more interesting to the listener by using often overlooked things like phrasing and dynamics. Notice that the same phrase is played in bars 1-4 and 5-8, but they sound different because we're sliding the notes in bars 1-4. We're playing all of the notes cleanly in bars 5-8 and using "call and answer " dynamics to make the repeat of the phrase more interesting. We'll also use dynamic in bars 57-62, playing a Diminuendo, gradually getting softer to increase the dramatic effect of the end of the piece. Notice that we also slide the chords at the end of the piece for a smooth resolution. In bar 5 I introduce a style covered in depth in my course "Fretboard Fitness" and that we'll be using extensively in a future piece. The idea is to use open string as an opportunity to move your left hand up down the neck easily when it's not being used to fret a note.