How To Play A Double Neck Guitar

 How To Play A Double Neck Guitar

When you buy a double neck guitar,you must think how to play it.Don't worry about it,this article will tell you how to paly the different types double neck guitars.The following is the six steps of playing double neck guitars.

 

Step 1:

Decide what kind of double neck guitar you want. This is depend on the style of music you play and the kind of sound you want.

 

Step 2:

Learn the location of the switch that toggles between top and bottom neck. It is usually between the bridges and when the switch is up the top guitar is on, down for the bottom guitar and in the middle for both.

 

Step 3:

Practice putting the switch into the halfway position while playing, a few bars before the change and then 'jumping' to the other guitar, switching it on fully when it is convenient. Switching between guitars in the middle of a song can be quite difficult.

 

Step 4:

Leave the twelve string in an open tuning, e.g. DGDGBD or DADGAD, so that you can strum a chord without need to move your arm away from the lower guitar. Strum rhythm on the twelve string and hammer-on a lead melody on the six, provided it is in the same key as the open tuning. This also works with simple semi-open tunings such as drop D.

 

Step 5:

Strum all the way down the full 18 strings for a fuller chord. For example, make a D barre chord on the six string tuned to drop D, playing DdAaDdGgBbEe FFAD#CA

 

Step 6:

Switch on the six string and play a power chord on the twelve string, leaving the six string's strings open to produce feedback to a certain note.

Tips:

 

The triple neck guitar: Don't get one unless all the techniques described here already seem simple and obvious to you.

 

The six string - seven string double neck: The tone of a six string is very similar to that of a seven string, so tuning two necks differently or putting the two pick-up switches on different settings can be effective.

 

The open tuning method of playing double guitar can of course be used on other double necks but sounds much better on a twelve string as it is already in harmony with itself.

 

The guitar - bass double neck: If you switch suddenly from one neck to the other, the previous instrument will be noticeably missing. Try to use the bass to give bass notes to picked out pieces and play a few fills on the bass every now and again rather than suddenly switching into a bass solo.

Next: Double Neck Guitar Player
Previous: How To Build A Double Neck Guitar