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Tricks and Techniques,
Andreas Picking Technique Part 1.
Hi it's time for a lesson that a lot
of you students have requested from me.
It's a lesson on my own picking style.
You know after being a musician and
guitar player for years.
You somehow come up with
your own way of picking.
I mean, you base it on stuff
that other people teach you and
then you, somehow you just come up with
solutions of your own that work fine.
And this is very individual so
I'm not saying that
all of you should do this if you already
have a picking style that works for you.
But at least I want to break it down and
show you guys how I'm doing it and
what works for me and maybe you
can get some ideas out of it and,
and learn some new stuff
that might be really useful.
So I started out playing
alternate picking.
That's how I was taught, to alternate
means that you play up and down each and
every second note.
So down down, up.
Most of the time you start down.
So down, up, down, up, down.
Alternate like this.
And when I started originally, I was
resting my right hand against the bridge.
And I was making really small movements.
But then after a while when I
started playing gypsy jazz and
trying out different styles.
I, I somehow chose to,
to play with more of a free hand.
So not resting.
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But still, I don't have this angle.
I'm still staying pretty straight.
And pretty close to the bridge.
Making really small movements.
But, I decided to that I think
my sound got better too,
I just liked it more to
play with a free wrist, so
you can always try that out as
an option if you haven't tried it.
And then I was introduced
to the gypsy picking
the way that the gypsies
are using the pick.
Using a down stroke on
every string change.
Both going up and, and going down.
So these kind of sweeping
kind of movements up and
then these kind of movements going down.
And that was really
interesting to study and, and
when playing that style,
it's really important to know it.
But when playing electric guitar,
I kind of started to, to mix it up and
add some of those elements and also adding
a lot of elements from sweep picking.
You know?
It's a bit similar to gypsy picking
when going up.
But, if you can sweep,
doing a movement like this.
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Over several strings.
So, you can also sweep in this direction,
you know?
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Let the pick fall like this.
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Both up and down.
I have lessons on that within
the general tricks and techniques blog.
You can check it out.
And also, there's, I get a lot
of questions on a picking style,
called economy picking.
It means that when you
have the option to do so
a lot of players they just let
the pick fall to the next string.
For instance, when playing as.
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A scale or if going between two.
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Be, between two strings.
And that can, that can be going up.
It can also be going down if you
have the possibility to just do one
kind of sweep stroke down.
They do it.
This is something I never really like
'cause it feels unnatural to me.
So what I've come up with so
far and that works really fine.
In my style of playing is that
I'm using alternate picking.
But, always,
when I have the option to do so,
I let the pick fall over several strings.
If I can sweep.
For instance, If I can go from a D.
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To a F, to A, like this, I always sweep.
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And
then I continue with
the alternate picking.
If I can sweep from F.
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To A to C.
To a E.
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I sweep.
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So I, I like to find a lot of these
patterns where it's possible for me to
cross over several strings with a pick.
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And then back into alternate and
it can be the opposite way
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We can sweep this way too.
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Doesn't have to be up, it can be down.
And what I found out is that I always,
99% of the cases whenever
I'm starting a phrase, even if it's on
an off beat, I start with the down stroke.
So that's very typical for,
for my picking style that you might
call Andreas picking or AGU picking.
You always start with, with,
with the down stroke as a rule,
doesn't matter if it's on an off beat or
if it's on, on a on, on the beat.
And then the only time when I would do
something similar to economy picking to
just cross over two strings as if I want
to have accentuate the certain phrase or.
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But then I will get more, for instance,
C minor chord playing B flat and
E flat on top.
Instead of playing down up.
I might just let the pick fall.
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To get that.
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That kind of percussive effect.
And also if I would play, like, triads.
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We can start on C.
C, E, G.
Like this.
I would do.
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Those kind of movements.
I would do.
Down, down, up.
Down, down, up.
Down, down, up.
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Those are about the only cases where,
where I would do something
similar to economy picking.
Then for the rest of the time I
try to just sweep when I, when I,
when I'm crossing over.
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Several strings.
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The only times I would use some
kind of economy picking or
something similar to it is if I would for
instance, wanna accentuate a.
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C minor.
We have on 11th fret.
B flat and E flat.
So instead of playing down and
up, I would do.
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Just let the pick fall over two strings.
Or if I for instance want to do a triad,
a series of triads.
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Like this.
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C, E, on the fifth and
fourth string and
then G on the fourth string too.
Then I might just let the pick
fall over two strings.
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Like that.
Otherwise I always try to when I do the
sweeping, if it's possible to, to find a,
a sweeping pattern over several
strings three strings at least.
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Like this A minor arpeggio.
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A.
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C.
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E.
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Down.
Then up. [MUSIC] And then down.
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And then back into alternates.
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So this is really my style of picking,
so if you study my right hand you're
gonna see that a lot of the time,
a lot times I'm still, or, or most of the
times I am starting with a down stroke.
It doesn't matter when if it's
an off beat or an on the beat.
I am crossing over several
strings when I have the ability.
Cause instead of these,
these kind of patterns.
I like to move across the guitar and
raking out of, of the boxes and
the set fingerings.
So when I can, I always do these
kind of sweeping movements.
Either up or, or down.
And then, if I wanna accentuate something.
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Like.
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I might do something similar to economy
picking.
Just crossing over one string or
two strings, I mean, with a,
with a swept stroke.
So that's basically
the Andreas way of picking.
And send in a video when I
can see your right hand.
And, and the way you're doing it.
And I can try to come up with some advice.
But these sweeping patterns are so useful.
It's so easy and efficient, too.
You can be relaxed.
You, you can just let the pick fall.
Being relaxed is so important, that's why,
what I'm always trying to do
when I'm playing fast stuff.
Being just as relaxed as when I'm playing
something slow, never get, get tense.
So think, think about that.
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Tricks and Techniques,
Andreas Picking Technique Part 2.
I might play along a little bit with a,
a backing track now so
you can see on see a little bit
how my right hand is working.
So maybe we can do the 2 5 1
progression in, in all keys.
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