A rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, typically achieved by quickly performing hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Trills are a classic embellishment in guitar playing, used to add excitement, tension, or ornamentation to a note or passage. By rapidly alternating between two adjacent notes using hammer-ons and pull-offs, guitarists can create a fluttering, oscillating sound that can enhance the expressiveness and emotion of their performance. Trills can be performed at various speeds and durations, depending on the desired effect and the context of the music.

Developing a clean and controlled trill technique requires practice, focusing on finger strength, dexterity, and synchronization between the fretting and picking hands. Incorporating trills into one’s playing can add a dynamic and engaging element to a guitarist’s sound, contributing to the overall impact and richness of their performance.

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