How to Slap and Pop on Acoustic Guitar

In this acoustic guitar lesson, Marc Seal teaches us common bass-style techniques like slapping and popping to coax some different sounds from your acoustic. Add some plucking and percussive clicking and you are ready to put it all together in a riff that will really improve your fingerstyle technique.

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Skill Level:  Beginner to Intermediate

Strings Played

Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB® Coating, Medium Gauge
Electric Nickel Plated Steel with OPTIWEB® Coating, Light Gauge

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