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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Advanced Picking Exercises

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Gypsy Guitar,
Advanced Picking Exercises Part1.
I'm now going to show you some
more advanced picking exercises.
This one is one of my favorites.
It's really percussive chromatic,
octave run.
Starting up on 12th
fret on E [SOUND] here.
And I do down, [SOUND] down.
And an open string.
Up stroke.
Then I move move this same
phrase down half step.
E flat.
[SOUND] E flat [SOUND] and
it's still an open E string.
I do it in triplets.
So, one, two, three, four and here is one.
Let's move it.
[SOUND] E flat.
[SOUND] B-flat.
B flat.
[SOUND] B flat.
Here you might start thinking
about changing strings.
So then you can do the same
thing on [SOUND] A here, but
then you will have an open B string.
A flat.
[SOUND] Open B string.
Open B string.
F sharp.
Open B string.
Open B string.
Maybe change strings again.
[SOUND] Then open G string.
A string here on
the A string we have E flat.
E flat.
[SOUND] D open G string.
[SOUND] Maybe change strings here again.
[SOUND] Open D string.
[SOUND] D flat.
[SOUND] Open D string.
[SOUND] G sharp.
Down to.
let's see where we changed strings.
[SOUND] I think we did.
And here.
Now we're here.
slowly this will be one, two, three, four.
it's important to get that punch on the
top string, so don't, don't do like this.
Do, do hiccup, two separate hits.
Down strokes, one, two and
then an up stroke on the, the open string.
Three, four.
Now I play this fast.
One, two, three, four.
Gypsy Guitar,
Advanced Picking Exercises Part 2.
I'm going to show you one
of the few gypsy-picking
patterns that actually starts with
up stroke, instead of a down stroke.
So, this one is a diminished one.
It can be used over B flat diminished.
For instance, B flat diminished
E diminished, D flat diminished.
Or G diminished.
Or A7 dominant chord.
Or C7 dominant chord.
Or E flat dominant chord.
Or even F sharp dominant chord.
And back to A.
All these symmetrical ones.
So, it sounds like this.
If you want to go all the way up there.
Or even.
Do like that, that works fine.
this phrase is actually just as difficult
to play slowly as it is playing that fast.
So I recommend you first start,
get the picking pattern even.
The notes are G, C sharp,
and B flat like this.
And then you just move it three frets up
B flat E and C sharp or B flat,
up to D flat or C sharp, G and E.
And E, B flat
Or E sharp B flat and G.
And the picking will be like this.
Picking pattern will be down or up.
Up and then down, down,
down up, down, down, down.
Up, down, down, down, up down.
Up, down, down, down.
Up, down, down, down.
Up, down, down, down.
Up, down, down, up, down,
down, down, down, down.
Then you can change
it in to different chords.
Maybe from A7 to D minor 9.
That's the.
Like that.
Or you can do a cadence like this.
You can also play this phrase really fast.
Just like this.
One more time.
Just like
So the notes are,
this is kind of a A7 chord.
Is that the B9, B, E.
5th and then A 3rd C sharp.
And I changed it in to a,
a kind of D7 flat 9.
We have the 7, and we have the flat 9.
And we have the.
We have the the 6th, or 13th on top.
And then we have some kind of G.
G and 9.
G major 9.
And then.
Some kind of B flat.
Diminished A minor, D7.
And then we have like a G major 9.
It's like the chords could be like this.
like a song by Django called Djangology.
Then you can see this second chord,
actually as a C minor chord
with the major 7 on top.
So A7, C minor 6, like a G major,
D flat, A minor 7 and B.
Even A7 with a third of the bass.
Create the chromatic bass line.
And so on like that.
That tune is called Djangology.
Those are the first bars of that song.
And that's a good, a really good
picking pattern to practice on.
I will show you two really useful
phrases that can be used over E7 chords.
In these two examples.
They're both leaning towards A minor.
So the first one is like this.
As you can hear I,
I did a little pull off there.
I think it feels good for the fingers
to get the picking pattern even.
Down, up, down, up, down, up.
Down, F, G, F, E, D, C,
B, down, up, down, up,
down, up, down, down.
Here I choose to do a pull off,
you can do an up stroke on this
G sharp note if you like to.
Here I
like to do a little pull-off too, just
to get a little even flow in the phrase.
But you can also do down,
up, down if you'd like to.
Or just down, pull-off and upstroke.
Down, up, down.
up, down, down, down,
up, down, down, down.
A, B, C, D, A, B, C, D, A.
Just like the phrase I described
earlier on in the previous examples.
Then, C sharp, B, and A.