Watch the Marks Of Expression online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Power Phrasing
There are many other ways to express your melodic lines through rhythmic nuances
and subtleties in the form of dynamics, ornamentation, and other marks of musical expression.
Dynamics play a key role in expressing your musical sentences and can make all the difference in how your melodies are perceived. Playing with dynamics will allow you to express your notes more dramatically using volume changes. Don't underestimate the power of dynamic interpretation. Let's take a listen to how effective dynamic playing can be to our muiscal phrases.
Ornamentation, simply put for guitarists, are the trills and turns we use to embellish a single note by adding notes above and below that static tone. There are many variations to these expressions in classical music. If you have a hunger to learn them all I'd suggest doing a google search on classical ornamentation. Let's take a listen to some simple turns and trills.
Other contemporary marks of expression are legato and staccato phrasing. Legato phrasing is expressing the melodic line with smooth, ﬂowing connectivity. The opposite of that is to take he same line and play each of the notes in short, detached, staccato phrasing. A good example of legato phrasing would be what we call pull-offs. Let's take a listen to that. Now let's approach the same musical line with staccato phrasing. Staccato means we'll be playing the note value approximately 50% of their written or aural value. As guitarists we often palm mute those lines.
Glissando or gliss is a term used to describe sliding smoothly between 2 or more tones. I use glissandi a lot to connect my phrases and even my scale shapes across the fingerboard. Let's take a listen to how glissando sounds on the guitar.