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Gypsy Guitar,
Gypsy Picking Part 1: Basics.
It's good to be really relaxed, especially
while playing solo in this style,
because you will get very tense otherwise.
I'm gonna show you some of the basic
devices for playing solo in this style.
I already spoke about the rest stroke,
the way that the gypsies
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Do like this, you get more volume.
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And play more accurate.
Let the pick fall and
rest on the next string.
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Now I'm gonna speak a little bit about
what you call gypsy picking.
It's it's just as natural for
gypsy players to move their,
their picks like they do that it is for
us to do up and down,
'cause they never started doing
this alternate thing that we do.
They started, instead, instead of just
doing is up and down as a general rule,
they were always start with a down stroke.
There are some exceptions, but
the only rule, they always
start with a downstroke, and
then they they let the pick fall.
You know, like this, using a downstroke
every time you change a string.
So while we would do like this, they would
go more like this, in this direction.
Like a sweep.
I would, you can call it like a,
like a sweep in, in this direction.
While they're going down, they do,
they don't sweep like this.
They do the opposite thing.
They move like this.
And this is the really difficult,
difficult part of it when playing
phrases that are descending.
To move, to learn how,
instead of doing like this or like this,
as we used to, alternate or sweep.
You had to,
had to learn to move your pick like this.
And why is that?
Why should you change your
the technique you already know?
Well, in this style, there are two
different things that you must consider.
One is to get the volume.
You will get much more volume out
of down strokes with rest stroke,
than compared to doing upstrokes.
As you can hear.
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This is really
powerful compared to upstroke.
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And there's also a different sound.
The other thing is the actual phrasing,
and
especially when you play like triplets.
If you have, if you have a phrase
like [SOUND] with triplets like that.
When you used the alternate picking,
you won't be able to get those [SOUND].
With the gypsy picking,
will get the accent differently.
I will show this in a second.
You were able to do [SOUND]
instead of [SOUND].
It takes a while to get used to this,
but it's, if you wanna learn this style,
probably it's worth checking out.
I'm gonna start with
a really simple phrase
to showing to show how gypsies
would play an A minor phrase.
This is like A.
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First position.
Do down stroke.
Then a upstroke on the B on the 9th,
down stroke on a C.
'Cause this is what they do.
When they are staying on the same string,
they alternate, but
once they change string,
they also change to a down stroke.
So, down, up, down.
Then, down, E on the 4th string.
I used the same finger for A on the 3rd
string, and doing another down stroke, so.
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Just adjust the tuning.
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For a second, sorry.
Down, up, down, down, down.
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Then, now play an upstroke.
Maybe you can use your third finger here.
Fingerings are optional.
You can do whatever you like to do,
that you feel good about.
Upstroke on the B,
then down stroke on the C 5th position.
I used the same finger,
the third one, to the bar A.
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To do down on the E ,and down on
the A, so-
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Like this.
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You will see,
you will be able to play it so
fast, and really controlled.
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You can do it in another position.
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Maybe like this, maybe here.
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Instead of doing up and
down like this like most people would do.
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So, practice this.
Try and get some different fingerings,
slowly.
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Or
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And then faster.
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Slowly.
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And slightly faster.
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Like that.
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Gypsy Guitar,
Gypsy Picking Part 2: Descending.
All right.
Now, I'm going to show you
the opposite way of doing it.
When they're, instead of ascending
phrases the descending phrases.
And I will take for instance,
an E minor line cliche.
Phrased in triplets.
So in E minor, you'll have this.
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So
it's E.
[SOUND] B.
[SOUND] On the same string.
[SOUND] G.
[SOUND] E.
On the third string.
[SOUND] Going back up, G.
B and then.
E flat.
Or D sharp, E flat.
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And D.
And then C sharp.
Or D flat.
So this finger goes.
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I use this.
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And then I use the third finger.
So, people ask me why can't we use
play this like with alternate picking.
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Then it would sound like this.
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It works, but
you don't get that much volume and
you don't hear the accent, you hear.
[SOUND] If like an even flow.
[SOUND] If you, if people might
ask me why don't you sweep it.
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Or like this you doing the sweep.
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That works too.
But you don't get that acs, those accents
and you don't get that volume, but
if you do like this.
Down.
[SOUND] Up.
[SOUND] Down.
[SOUND] Down.
[SOUND] Down.
[SOUND] Down.
[MUSIC]
Down.
Up.
Down, down.
Down, down.
Down.
Up.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Up.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Up.
Down.
Down.
Down.
Down.
You will have these powerful sound.
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And you will hear all the triplets and
you will get a really fat and
powerful sound.
So that's a really good exercise.
Try that one and send me, send me some
videos while you're doing that and
try to be relaxed and just kind of.
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And you practice the metronome like one,
two, three, four.
Start really slow like one,
two, three, four.
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And you can do it faster until
you get that high speed up.
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