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Most difficult technique
What technique is the most difficult?
Alternate Picking [ 14 ] ** [14.14%]
Economy/Sweep Picking [ 20 ] ** [20.20%]
Tapping (inc 8-finger, arpeggios, harmonics etc) [ 27 ] ** [27.27%]
Fingerpicking (inc tremelo picking) [ 9 ] ** [9.09%]
Legato [ 6 ] ** [6.06%]
Slap and Pop [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Whammy Bar (with control - not horsie style) [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Bends/vibrato [ 8 ] ** [8.08%]
Strumming [ 3 ] ** [3.03%]
Smashing your axe The Who style! [ 12 ] ** [12.12%]
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Pi38
post Mar 27 2009, 02:43 PM
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It's so fundamentally essential, yet, for me, it's alternate picking...I just can't seem to get a hang of it.
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post Mar 27 2009, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE (Artemus @ Mar 27 2009, 02:36 PM) *
That was an impressive display of technique! Thanks. I loved his bends and harmonics too!!


Yep. The composition is brilliant!

QUOTE (Pi38 @ Mar 27 2009, 02:43 PM) *
It's so fundamentally essential, yet, for me, it's alternate picking...I just can't seem to get a hang of it.


The only essential technique is bends and vibrato IMO
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post Mar 27 2009, 06:51 PM
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I voted smashing up your axe. You can practice getting good at everything else, but you have to have a really cold heart to be able to smash a guitar up.


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post Mar 28 2009, 03:41 PM
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I am not really great in sweeping, and I have to admit I never tried tapping with 8 fingers, but who knows, I might find it rather simple rolleyes.gif


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post Mar 28 2009, 03:54 PM
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voted guitar smash, have never tried 8 fingered tapping, but since i play piano i think it might be easy, guees sweeping is the hardest for me, can combine those patterens well, and i can include big shapes in my lead
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post Mar 28 2009, 03:54 PM
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I would have gone with string skipping


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post Mar 28 2009, 04:11 PM
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QUOTE (Darfuria @ Mar 28 2009, 03:54 PM) *
I would have gone with string skipping

String skipping to me depends on which technique I am using. I can string skip using legato and tapping relatively easy. String skipping using AP....not so much. Everything that has anything to do with AP just KILLS me!! I'm working hard on it though!! smile.gif
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post Mar 28 2009, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE (Frederik @ Mar 28 2009, 02:54 PM) *
voted guitar smash, have never tried 8 fingered tapping, but since i play piano i think it might be easy, guees sweeping is the hardest for me, can combine those patterens well, and i can include big shapes in my lead


Well I'm a classical piano teacher in my spare time and was once pretty good but I have trouble with 8 finger tapping because of the muting issue - since my palm is up off the fretboard I find it difficult to play cleanly. I'd say it takes a lot of concentrated effort and practise to pull off well.


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post Mar 28 2009, 04:24 PM
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QUOTE (Artemus @ Mar 28 2009, 04:13 PM) *
Well I'm a classical piano teacher in my spare time and was once pretty good but I have trouble with 8 finger tapping because of the muting issue - since my palm is up off the fretboard I find it difficult to play cleanly. I'd say it takes a lot of concentrated effort and practise to pull off well.

I've never seen anybody do 8 finger tapping cleanly without using a dampner. Not saying it can't be done...I've just never seen it. I love tapping but to me 8 finger tapping seems like a lot of work for not a whole lot of payoff. I do a little tapping using my middle and ring finger but that is about a crazy as I get with tapping. smile.gif
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post Mar 28 2009, 04:28 PM
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for me it is 8 finger tapping because I never really practiced it that much. I remember I got Flight of The Bumblebee from Jenifer Batten pretty close with that technique. Maybe for a couple of months of practicing it wouldn't be that hard but for now that's what I am not good at.


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post Mar 30 2009, 09:13 AM
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I voted for bends/vibrato. The other thing not on the list would be fast picking and string skipping without sweeping or legato techniques.


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I voted sweep picking, though 8 finger tapping would be up there.


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QUOTE (Fran @ Mar 30 2009, 08:34 PM) *
I voted sweep picking, though 8 finger tapping would be up there.

I find sweeping relatively easy if you are staying in one position. Not so easy when you are shifting all around the neck connecting different shapes. 'sigh'.....another thing to work on. tongue.gif

Seems like a lot of people are choosing 8 finger tapping. I love tapping but have never felt the urge to use/learn 8 finger tapping. Go figure. tongue.gif
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post Apr 6 2009, 10:45 AM
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So, as it stands, it's officially tapping (in all forms) that is the most difficult technique.
I feel much better about my lack of tapping skills now. I'm currently struggling with string-skipping alternate picking but since that's ranked third (close second) at the moment, I can feel better about that too smile.gif

Actually.. I think all of these technique can be very difficult at the top levels. I should have put another option there "All of the above"


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post Apr 6 2009, 01:45 PM
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8 finger tapping for me, especially if done on bass smile.gif


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Apr 6 2009, 01:45 PM) *
8 finger tapping for me, especially if done on bass smile.gif


Ah yes, Stu Hamm's version of Moonlight Sonata comes to mind..


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I voted vibrato because it's a technique that's not so obvious to practice - for all the other techniques it's just a matter of playing it over and over to a metronome (well maybe whammy bar and smashing guitar excepted!)


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Wow. Smashing your guitar to a metronome laugh.gif
Hey, d'you think I could get upto 200bpm, smashing in sixteenth note triplets? It'd look like a Benny Hill sketch in fast forward


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post Apr 11 2009, 02:46 AM
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Voted, probably 8 finger tapping is really hard to master ohmy.gif


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Never thought of smashing guitar as a playing technique smile.gif


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