Lesson: Playing Fast While Maintaining Good Tone by Tariq Harb

The amazing Tariq Harb gives a lesson on developing a solid foundation while playing fast and maintaining a good tone. It’s in three parts each with a dedicated topic. This comes via his excellent YouTube channel. Make sure to go give his channel a subscribe. Tariq Harb teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada if you are looking for somewhere to study, I’ve featured his playing a number of times on the site but it’s great to have lessons too!

Part 1 – “Guitarist Tariq Harb shares a quick tip on how to develop a solid foundation to playing fast while maintaining good tone. Implementing a simple awareness exercise in Part 1 of this series of videos, I demonstrate how to properly alternate between the index and middle fingers in the right-hand (left-hand if you are a left-handed guitarist) to develop a technique that is reliable, easy, yet powerful at the same time.”

Part 2 – “. Implementing simple movement exercises in Part 2 of this series, I demonstrate how to properly condition the hand to achieve easy alternation between the middle and ring fingers, and also between the index and ring fingers in the right-hand (left-hand if you are a left-handed guitarist) to develop a technique that is reliable, easy, yet powerful at the same time. This video also mentions the importance of fingertip alignment to the strings, which is of great importance for fluid playing.
This topic will have more parts to it which I will be sharing soon!”

Part 3 – “Implementing the planting technique and broken block-chord exercises in Part 3 of this series (watch Part 1: https://youtu.be/VjJ4gqWmiw0 and Part 2: https://youtu.be/iB8qHQ009t0 if you haven’t already), I demonstrate how to properly plant the fingers of the right hand to achieve economy of motion while still respecting the sympathetic movements in the fingers that occur when we move our fingers naturally. This develops a technique that is reliable, easy, yet powerful at the same time.”

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