Being a right handed guitarist is a gift. We have the most selection of guitars and we have an easier time learning from video guitar lessons, as the fret board it facing the way we need it to face.
But just because you are right handed, doesn’t mean that you can skimp on your practice. Nothing will fall into your lap. In this article, we will discuss some great guitar techniques that work especially well for right handed guitarists.
Our First Right Handed Technique is Sweep Picking
Sweeping, while sometimes overrated, is an extremely important exercise for all guitarists. While the ability to sweep doesn’t make you a great guitarist (plenty of guitarists sweep everything, and they aren’t very good at all) it will make you a more accurate picker.
When sweeping, you have to do what works best for you. Some guitarists find it easier to sweep with a light touch. Others find it easier to sweep by putting weight behind their pick. You need to find out which works best for you. There are no secrets there; it is all about personal preference. Neither will make you a better sweep picker, but doing one that feels unnatural will make you a bad sweep picker.
The Best Way to Start Off Your Sweeping is With Small Patterns
Try working on a basic two string arpeggio. The goal of sweep picking is to make all of the notes a single fluid motion. Moving down the strings (lower strings to higher strings) will require a down stroke.
For example, if you sweep start off on the fifth fret of the B string and moves to the seventh fret of the high E string, you will use a down stroke. Moving up the strings (higher strings to lower strings) will require an up stroke. For example, if you are using the same pattern, but in reverse, going from the high E to the B string, you would use an up stroke.
The Key to Sweeping is Pick Angling
Angling (or tilting) your pick in the direction that you are traveling allows you to get a better motion out of your sweeping.
Once you are comfortable with sweeping, try working on string skipping. String skipping uses the same principles as sweep picking; upwards motions use up strokes, downwards motions use down strokes. The difference is that your pick cannot touch the strings that are being skipped. At first, this may be difficult.
The key is to start off slowly.
Try skipping between two adjacent strings; the low E and the D string. Do a two note hammer on pattern on each string, such as the fifth fret to seventh of the E, then the same on the D. When moving from E to D, use a down stroke. When moving from D to E, use an upstroke.
If you feel that the techniques are too easy after a while, try combining them or get more exercises here. Try using string skips with your sweeps to add more flavor to them. Practice hard, and always use your metronome to keep your rhythm steady. Good luck!