Trill Guitar Lesson

by Marcus Lavendell

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  • Hello everyone,

    Today we’ll look at a pretty cool technique, called "trills". It’s fairly easy to understand how to do this technique, but It’s a whole different thing to actually play it in the right way.

    What it basically is about is that you alternate two notes using hammer ons and pull offs, the tricky part is that it should be played very rapid. There ain’t really any speed limit so you should go as fast as you possible can, and don’t try to count the trills because that will most likely only make you play slower - so just go as fast as you can!!

    One thing you might find a bit frustrating is that you’ll end up tensing your hand when you’re up at a certain speed. Especially when holding the trill for a long time. The urge to tence the hand comes on so strong, that I could compare it with; as if you keep your eyes open for a long time and need to blink. So what we need to work on is to stay relaxed during the whole trill. I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s really important.

    NOTE: If it hurts – then stop immediately (and shake the tension off).

    In this lesson I’ve also included trills with tapping, and some scary string skipping! ;)


    -Marcus
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