Left and right-hand guitar playing techniques detection

Reboursière, Loı̈c and Lähdeoja, Otso and Drugman, Thomas and Dupont, Stéphane and Picard-Limpens, Cécile and Riche, Nicolas

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper we present a series of algorithms developed to detect the following guitar playing techniques : bend, hammer-on, pull-off, slide, palm muting and harmonic. Detection of playing techniques can be used to control exter-nal content (i.e audio loops and effects, videos, light events, etc.), as well as to write real-time score or to assist guitar novices in their learning process. The guitar used is a Godin Multiac with an under-saddle RMC hexaphonic piezo pickup (one pickup per string, i.e six mono signals).