Tech Tip:Sustaining My Notes
The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.
Brian French; Canada
Q: How do I make notes sustain on an electric guitar? They seem to just stop sounding after I pick them.
A: Well there are a few ways to make a note sustain or sing after being picked. The first way is to add distortion to your sound. This can either come from a distortion or overdrive effect pedal or directly from the amp. Most amps have a distortion or gain knob that when turned up creates that fuzz distortion sound that will make your notes sustain.
Another way to sustain a note is by using natural vibrato. By quickly shaking a note with your finger you create friction with the string against the fret and this makes the note sustain longer. Developing a natural vibrato can take some time so be patient.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music,