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Artful Picking

Introduction and picking exercises

We have to make sure we continue to progress and keep our playing in shape. In this lesson I will show you some examples to get your picking hand in shape, and also excerpts from my latest cd "The New". I put together some examples that, in a musical way, will help you to synchronize both hands, increase your speed and give you ideas to make up your own. OK, grab your metronome or drum machine...

Ex.1 This is a G major scale 4 note per string pattern on one string. This example is played using 16th notes. Make sure you accent the first note of every beat and both hands should be in sync. This way of playing will help you get to know your neck better and increase your speed. Try this in all scales on all strings. Also make sure you follow the fingerings I gave you.

Ex.2 Is a two-string idea in D major (D,E,F#,G,A,B,C#) Basically this is a repeated phrase on the E string and we jump down to the B string changing the lower notes. This one sounds particularly cool at high speeds. Make sure your hands are in sync.

Ex.3 Another 2 string idea, this one is in C major using sextuplets, 6 notes per beat. We are just moving the same pattern in the Key of C. A good way to make these type of patterns musical is to move them around the neck in key. Also mix up the patterns, so it is not so predictable.

Ex.4 Is one of my favorite types of patterns. Picking between 3 strings, this makes a great workout for your right hand. Basically, we are picking 7th arpeggios in D major, moving up the key from the root to the 7th. I like the sound of this picking every note as a pose to sweeping. I mean make sure you can do both ways. Use other arpeggios and note combinations and make sure you accent.

Ex.5 A String skipping example ascending up the neck in G major. Accent the 4th note of every phrase. This phrase is harmonized in 3rds. Harmonizing these types of lines adds a cool effect. It is important to have the timing real tight when you are harmonizing lines - both parts should be locked together.

Ex.6 Is a long sextuplet pattern in C Major that runs across the neck very quickly. This one is also harmonized. It is based off a 6 note scale pattern in 3 octaves. Basically you go up 12 notes then go back one string up another 12 notes etc. Make sure you follow the fingerings.

Examples from the new album >>