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    ninja guitar techniques

    My teacher showed me a neat way of playing otherwise impossible chords. Finger a chord with you left hand. Use your right hand index finger to hold down a note higher up on the neck. Strum the chord with your right hand thumb or pinky, behind the index finger. You can add two or even three notes to chord to get really open chords that cover a lot of range, and unlike tapping the notes, the sound is the same for the left and right hand notes. You can even arpegiate the chord using the thumb and pinky.

    Another technique you can try is what the LA guitar quartet call the "ninja thumb technique" where they use the LH thumb under the bottom of the neck to finger the notes on the high-e or b strings. Then they can play some strange, otherwise impossible voicings.

    Ted Greene mentions a technique where he uses a LH barre but with a bent finger so the barre covers one fret on some strings and one fret lower on other strings.

    Anyone else have any unusual guitar techniques to share?
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    You can fret two strings at one fret with one fingertip too, for a "mini-bar" effect. Eric Johnson does this.

    Jake E Lee does the ninja thing. Check out the live video's of him w/ Ozzy in the 80's. He's a master at that stuff.

    You can use your thumb over the top of the neck to play bass runs on the 5th and 6th strings.
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    Man, I got to see Jake on 2 Oz tours doing that ninja thumb thing - once in a "classical" mode and once in pure rock screamdom. Incredible.
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    Damn! I wish I could think of these things!!!

    I did come up with a tasty string skipping harmonics lick last night though

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    Damn! I wish I could think of these things!!!
    I did come up with a tasty string skipping harmonics lick last night though
    String skipping simply does not make you a ninja, Russ. I'm sorry, but you'll have to do better than that to get into the ninja club. Perhaps you can work on "ninja toe techniques" while channeling Jerry Lee Lewis.
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    man, this is a great idea, never thought of that! Maybe it will open new doors for my songwriting

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    Maybe it will open new doors for my songwriting
    Yes, and the door to the next physiotherapist.

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    Don't forget about Alex Vynograd, the classical guy that has an 8 string guitar and plays organ pedal tone chords with his chin!


    http://www.vynograd.com/



    On a slightly different tack, there's always the 'fretting behind' when playing slide. For eg, tune to a D chordal tuning, slide up to the 12th fret, fret the top 'e' string behind the slide at the 10th fret to produce a D7, pull off so the string is now frtted by the slide again at the 12th returning back to a D.



    I must admit to finding the use of nun-chucks and throwing stars a bit detrimental to my playing technique........not to mention quite dangerous for the front row of an audience!!!!
    Although I think Phantdudes full on attack WITH the guitar takes some beating!!
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    Although I think Phantdudes full on attack WITH the guitar takes some beating
    I guess you mean that "special move" on that picture.

    Unfortunately there is no pic of me doing the "boomerang guitar" trick.
    That knocked the audience down.
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    hahahahaha, that's the one!!

    Has he started legal proceedings to sue for 'Dental Damages' yet???

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    Has he started legal proceedings to sue for 'Dental Damages' yet???

    No he came to the next gig as well and said:
    "Here take phiph beer .. but bleaph don't do phiph again"
    What a nice guy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mattblack850
    Don't forget about Alex Vynograd, the classical guy that has an 8 string guitar and plays organ pedal tone chords with his chin!
    I though you were joking until I read his technique page....thats just crazy. Now if you had a cleft chin like john travolta you could play a harmony part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom

    No he came to the next gig as well and said:
    "Here take phiph beer .. but bleaph don't do phiph again"
    What a nice guy.



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    That's him now! hahaha, I thought he might have been the Bad tooth Frog holder!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyDevil
    String skipping simply does not make you a ninja, Russ. I'm sorry, but you'll have to do better than that to get into the ninja club. Perhaps you can work on "ninja toe techniques" while channeling Jerry Lee Lewis.
    I think I'm so far away from Ninjadom it hurts.

    However, I can disappear at will...watch....see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattblack850
    Don't forget about Alex Vynograd, the classical guy that has an 8 string guitar and plays organ pedal tone chords with his chin!


    http://www.vynograd.com/



    On a slightly different tack, there's always the 'fretting behind' when playing slide. For eg, tune to a D chordal tuning, slide up to the 12th fret, fret the top 'e' string behind the slide at the 10th fret to produce a D7, pull off so the string is now frtted by the slide again at the 12th returning back to a D.



    I must admit to finding the use of nun-chucks and throwing stars a bit detrimental to my playing technique........not to mention quite dangerous for the front row of an audience!!!!
    Although I think Phantdudes full on attack WITH the guitar takes some beating!!
    ...lol...good call. I was going to mention him until I saw your post. He's an awesome classical guitarist with a crazy technique.
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