If you’re new to percussive guitar playing you’ll get a lot out of this lesson.

The number one rule I always follow is to let the percussive elements enhance the guitar parts.

This means that when I break down a percussive arrangement for guitar I don’t allow the percussion element overpower anything I’m doing on the fingerboard.

I’m a guitarist first…not a percussionist, and I don’t pretend to be!

Many times the rhythmic aspect of the song will dictate where I “sneak” in any percussive parts.

It doesn’t have to be much either. Just a knock or slap can add a nice touch to keep the momentum moving forward in a song.

In example 1, I’m simply using my knuckles against the strings of the guitar to create a backbeat on 2 & 4. Using a fingerstyle technique this is fairly simple.

Ex.1

E|--3--------3--3-------3-------3--3--------|
B|--3--------3--3-------3-------3--3--------|
G|--0---X---0--0---X---0---X--0--0---X------|
D|--0--------2--2-------0-------2--2--------|
A|--2--------3--3-------2-------3--3--------|
E|--3--------------------3------------------|

In example 2, I’m using a combination of slapping with my fingerstyle (Right) hand and my fretting (Left) hand.

My right hand slaps on beats 2 & 4 while my left hand slaps the fingerboard on the “and” of 3.

Ex.2

E|----------------3----------------------------3-------------|
B|--------5-------3-------------------5-------3--------------|
G|------5----X---4---x--X---------5-----X---4---x--X---------|
D|-5s7-----------5----------5-5s7------------5---------5-----|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

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