This lesson is for everyone in the whole universe that plays guitar. Most of the sound you get from playing guitar is from the hands, not from your gear. If you wish you had a better sound on the guitar than you might want to reconsider a few aspects of your guitar playing to improve your sound. How does this work and what can you do to change your sound? I will show you what you need to know about improving your guitar tone.
Your picking hand is very influential on your guitar tone. This is where you control the volume, brightness or your sound and the harshness. The very first step to creating the guitar sound that you really like is getting the right type of pick. Harder picks will have a harsher sound than a flimsy guitar pick. Different guitar pick materials will have different sounds. You may find experimenting with different guitar picks is a good start to changing your guitar tone. Try different materials, sizes and thickness. Keep in mind that guitar picks should feel comfortable.
After you have a good sounding pick you should concentrate on where you pluck the string and how hard you pluck it. Different positions on the string will create different sounds. Typically closer to the bridge has more of a brighter twang sound and closer to the neck has a darker full sound. Try plucking the string in different sections and you will find that your guitar will start to sound different than it has before. Also keep in mind that you should feel comfortable playing the guitar. The harder you pluck the string the louder your sound will be. If you want a louder guitar sound then plucking harder may be what you want. Slight differences in how hard you pluck will make a difference. Do not pluck your strings hard enough to break them.
Finally for the picking hand you should experiment with how you hold the guitar pick. Different angles of the guitar pick will create different guitar tones. You can tilt the pick upward or downward. You can also turn the pick to face the bridge or the neck. Experiment with the angle of the pick. You may also want to experiment with the strength that you hold the pick. If you hold the pick tightly there will be less give for the pick and it will sound different than if you lightly hold on to it. You may also want to experiment with the position of the pick between your fingers. There are so many ways to experiment with the guitar pick. Keep in mind that finger style guitar will sound completely different from a guitar pick.
The picking hand on the guitar generates a great amount of the tone you receive on the guitar. Your guitar tone will change depending on your pick and the placement of your pick. Minor adjustments can make the biggest differences in your guitar tone. Experiment with different approaches; however remember that you should always feel comfortable with the guitar. If you find a position that is just very awkward then you may want to find a new position to hold your pick. Share your thoughts below