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Watch the Left Hand Dynamics & Decoration online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Principles

Left Hand Dynamics & Decoration - Concept 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Brooks Robertson and is sourced from Fingerstyle Survival Guide.


Dynamics are such an essential component of a song's overall feel and expression of emotion. It's one of the most important elements that brings a song to life. It's not just the notes you play, but how you play and express them. With fingerstyle guitar there are numerous dynamics and decorations that can be produced by either right or left hand techniques, often a combination of both.

Let's review a few of the left hand possibilities; muting the strings, sliding a note or a entire chord, hammering-on and pulling off notes. These are tools you should have ready if and when wanted. Of course there are many other possibilities like bending, tapping, vibrato, etc. which all offer unique sonic qualities. It's up to you to experiment and discover which sounds and techniques are the ones that you like and which ones fit well in your style of playing. Also as you listen to your favorite players be aware of how and where they use these kinds of techniques.