Today we are going to look at how to make your guitar play extra smooth. Most of us don’t have the money to go out and buy a brand new guitar, or even pay for it to be professionally set up. But fortunately you can do it yourself for next to nothing with a few simple tools.
First things first you will need a few tools, some string action gauge’s can be bought cheaply on eBay, then you will also need some feeler gauges, which if you don’t already own a set, you should as they are very useful and cheap.
Next is a wrench set, preferably metric but imperial will do if that is all you have, whilst tuning keys vary from guitar to guitar usually 9mm or 1/2 inch will fit most guitars.
The first thing we are going to look at is the truss rod, this is located inside the neck of your guitar and controls the amount of relief in your neck. To see if it needs adjusting just hold your guitar up to the light so you can see the gap between the bottom of the strings and the top of the frets when looking down the neck (see picture). You want a gap of about 0.5mm so start by checking what yours is like if it looks bigger
With the right preparation, your guitar will play extra smooth.
It’s important to set your guitar up properly, and there are a few steps that you can take in order to ensure that your strings stay rust-free and easy to play.
1. Keep Your Hands Clean: If you’re not careful, dirt and oil from your hands can build up on your strings, causing them to go out of tune and wear out faster. Washing your hands before you play is a great way to get rid of grime without damaging the strings.
2. Lubricate The Nut Slots: Applying lubricant to the nut slots and string trees is also a good way to prevent string build-up. A small amount of lubricant will keep the strings from sticking in place, and make it easier for them to slide across the nut when you bend or vibrate a note.
3. Use String Sleeves: Many players find that using string sleeves makes their strings last longer. These are little plastic caps that fit over each string at the bridge, and keep dirt from getting into the windings where it can’t be cleaned off easily.
4. Keep It Clean: Cleaning your guitar regularly will help keep dust from building up
Smoothness comes from great playing and it also comes from a guitar that is set up perfectly. Here are some things you can do to make your guitar play extra smooth.
1.Put good strings on your guitar:
I always use Elixir Nanoweb Light gauge electric guitar strings (9-46). They last longer than regular strings and they sound better. I also use Fender Super Bullets which are more like Ernie Ball Slinky’s but with a coating that keeps them smooth for longer. Both of these string brands are made of nickel plated steel and sound great.
2.Use a capo:
A capo can make your guitar play easier because it changes the action (the distance between the fretboard and the strings) so that the strings don’t need to be pressed down as hard to get a clear note. A capo can also help you change keys quickly which is helpful if you want to practice playing in different keys.
3.Make sure your intonation is correct:
Your intonation refers to how well all the notes are tuned after you have already tuned your guitar in standard tuning, which is EADGBE (from low to high). Intonation can be adjusted by slightly changing the
As a musician, I have always struggled with one particular problem: my guitar playing has never been as smooth as I would like.
I’ve tried countless things over the years to improve this, from purchasing a new guitar to changing how I hold the instrument. Nothing seemed to work.
But then I came across some advice that really helped me improve my guitar playing. If you’re struggling with the same problem, take a look at these tips and see if they help you too!
What we’re talking about here is the difference between a “fast” guitar and a “smooth” guitar.
The usual result of lots of work on a fretboard is that you can play faster. That’s good. But what you really want is to make your fretboard so smooth that it’s actually easier to play fast; so smooth that you don’t even have to think about where your fingers are going, and in fact can’t go wrong even if you try; so smooth that it seems like the notes just fly off the strings by themselves, without any effort at all.
I’ve done all this work on my guitar(s), but I never really felt like I had an objective sense of how well it was working until I got a chance to play some other people’s guitars at a recent gathering. In particular, there were two $50 pawn-shop guitars that were just amazing: I could barely feel any resistance on them at all, and after playing for half an hour or so my fingers felt like they were barely touching the strings.
What made those cheap pawn-shop guitars so much better than the ones I’d been playing on? There were two main differences:
– Thickness – These pawn shop guitars had thicker frets than mine
I was playing my guitar the other day and I noticed that the strings were a little bit rustier than usual. It was really hard to play, so I decided to do something about it. I looked around the house and found some steel wool that I could use on my strings.
I tried it out and it worked great! The strings were smooth as butter after that. The only problem was that they sounded horrible! They didn’t have that nice crisp sound anymore. It sounded like someone playing a cardboard box.
So I went back to the drawing board and started looking for something else to use on my strings. After a little research, I found out that some people use fine sandpaper instead of steel wool. So I tried this out on one of my guitars and it worked really well!
The strings were smooth and they sounded perfectly normal. So I kept using this method for all of my guitars and they all sound great now! My favorite thing to do is play them while they’re still wet from being cleaned because then they have this nice shiny look to them.
A good guitar playing technique is important if you want to play fast.
Learning how to play a guitar can be difficult for beginners. However, there are many tips that can help you improve your playing technique.
First of all, start with basic exercises and work on them until you master them. Then move on to more advanced exercises until you become an expert.
Secondly, practice at least 4 hours every day and make sure you do this in a quiet place where there are no distractions.
Thirdly, learn from your mistakes and don’t give up when something doesn’t go as planned. Keep trying until you succeed or buy better gear!
Fourthly, make sure that your fingers are always in contact with the strings so that they don’t slip off while playing chords or single notes without any problems!