Thursday, April 1, 2021

Zen Guitar #3: "The Sound Of...."

(ed note: this is the third of three lessons in the series)

The Sound of....

Level: Advanced

David M. McLean
(a brief word to advanced players)

Sounds can come from your hands, your guitar, your amp or strings or FX boxes or alien devices. All of these are legitimate, of course, but today we are going to focus on something a little different. Today, work on mimicking what would traditionally be thought of as non-musical sounds.

Imitate the sound of...

a jackhammer
a car horn
an elephant
a mouse
a mouse click
a vitamin cap being unscrewed
a siren
the wind
feet running in the sand
a randomly dialing radio

I would encourage you to share your discoveries with us, as many might be surprised not only at what you accomplish, but how different it is from what they accomplish with this exercise. I would also encourage you to try this exercise using both an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. Have fun!


"What you are is what you have been; what you will become is what you do now." - Gautama (the Buddha)

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