Hi Stuart Bahn here. This is part 5 in this
series of videos on how to improvise on guitar. In this video I want to focus on
dynamic variation. All I mean by that is playing loudly or softly or everything
between. A good way of demonstrating the importance of dynamic variation is to
show playing without any dynamic variation and then similar playing with
plenty of it. So I’m going to do that now. So here is an example playing with no
dynamic variation… so I’m pretty much picking more or less the same degree of hardness
every time. Now here’s the same kind of playing but with much more
dynamic variation OK so it’s quite a different effect.
Obviously it depends a little bit on the style of music your playing. If you’re playing
shred or if you got just eight bars on a gig where you have to throw a rock solo
then there’s no space for this dynamic variation but if you’ve got
plenty of time to build the solo then having a variation in dynamics can be a
fantastic characteristic. As usual I recommend focusing a lot on whatever
characteristic it is you’re trying to gain you’re playing, such as this. Set
yourself a task that you can commit to for at least a week in your practice regime.
Record yourself if possible and listen back and the characteristics of dynamic
variation will gradually filter through into your
normal everyday playing. I hope you found that video helpful. Please give it a thumbs
up and subscribe see in the next part.