Lead Guitar Tricks

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When one thinks of a lead guitarist, the first thing that usually comes to peoples heads is the flashiness of Eddie Van Halen, or the trickery and stage presence of Zakk Wylde. Because of this usually people dream off pulling the same things off, the only problem is this…

You cannot pull of tricks and flashiness until you have learnt the basics.

An easy way of describing it would be to use the old say, You can build a house on wet cement. You need to get your foundations strong before moving on.

But for those who want to have a little bit of fun, (and I call it fun because at the end of the day guitars are made for music!) here are a few easy tricks you can do that really impress some people. The best part is, they don’t need much practice.

With all of these, the idea is to play around with them, make weird noises, make them your own!


1. Bend Behind the Nut

The nut is the white or black 6 slotted piece where the strings start at 0 fret. Play around bending different notes behind the nut.

1 – Strike chosen note (e.g. 7th fret, G string)

2 – Use picking hand (while still holding down note with fretting hand) and push down in between the nut and the machine head of the string you just played.

3 – Try multiple bends, vibrato etc to get different sounds.

Note: Will not work on floyd rose locking nuts.


2. Whammy Bar Tricks

The whammy bar opened up a new window for lead guitarists. I allowed them to create sounds no one had ever heard on a guitar before. Not all guitars have whammy bars, but for those of you who do have one, here is a couple of easy tricks that sound wicked.

1. Dive Bomb

1 – Play note

2 – Use whammy bar to slowly lower note until it sounds sub sonic.

Another thing you can do is bring the note back up (it may need to be played again) and take it back down multiple times.

2. Whammy Strums

1 – Hold whammy bar in picking hand holding pick in picking position

2 – When picking notes or chords, push down on whammy then release

Optional: You can also let chords or notes ring out, then hit quickly down on the whammy and release. This will give a smooth sound instead of a picking strike to make the note/chord sustain longer.


3. Swirling Tornado

This trick is popular with guitar players like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. It can be pulled of pretty easily but the result is awesome.

1 – With fretting hand, hammer on and pull off on one string keeping the string going to open. (E.g. hammer on and pull off on second fret, A string so both the second fret and open fret are getting played.

2 – While still puling off/hammering on, use index finger of your picking hand to lightly rest upon the string you are playing close to the bridge.

3 – Move finger down towards fretboard and back to bridge slowly. You will hear the sound changing.

You are creating harmonics and because you are moving your finger the harmonics are changing creating the cool effect. Works best on an amp with gain/overdrive turned up quite high.


So that’s the free guitar lesson, hope you liked it. Try come up with your own lead guitar tricks, mix ideas together. As long as you have a guitar you can never stop creating!

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About Scott

Been playing guitar semi-professionally since I was 15 years old. Have played 1000's of live shows with many different bands in many different music genres. I am a former guitar intructor who is convinced that you will learn faster and spend less money by learning through an online or downloaded course than by taking private lessons.
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