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All right, well, we're gonna go back to
some right hand technique here.
We talked about some of that earlier but
we're gonna really try and
develop that and in, improve upon what
we've already learned.
So I've got some exercises here that we
can take a look at.
One of the things that's good to know how
to do is,
if you wanna play multiple notes on the
same string.
One way to do it is by playing, using the
same finger, just over and over.
One way that might be a little more
is to use an alternate picking style.
I'll use two different fingers on the same
So if I were to play four notes on the
second string,
I might use the thumb and the index finger
like this.
It's a back and forth motion, almost like
if you were using a flat pick on a guitar.
So in, in this exercise you can see.
This is a nice sorta intro to alternate
And you can just use this pattern on any
And so, that's something to practice, just
getting those fingers working together,
sort of in an alternate motion.
There's one other pattern or
technique that I can show you that relates
to a major scale.
You can look at the second line of this
piece of music, and
see this particular pattern based off of a
G major scale.
It sounds like this.
That was moving a little quick.
Let's try it one more time a little
Now those are all just notes of a G major
And it basically is a G major scale.
But you're sort of switching notes and
this particular pattern you can use with
any major scale.
The other nice thing that it does is it
gets you to sort of
jump from string to string when both notes
are fretted like this.
If you look at the first two notes, you
play the second string,
a second fret of the first string, and
then the first fret of the second string.
A little jump like that can be tricky
So this type of exercise can help with
that a lot.
Again, right there on, on the second bar,
you've got that little jump.
And then some oh, open strings.
So that's something to practice, again you
can try it with a metronome or
you can just do it sort of free form.
But it's a nice exercise to sort of get
your right hand doing some different
And then the very last piece I have here
is a little precursor to the next song
we're gonna do.
The last couple measures.
So you can probably see where we're going
with this.
Well let's learn sort of a classic holiday
tune here that uses some of the techniques
that we've been working on, the tune
Jingle Bells.
It's got a few little tricky parts so I'm
gonna go through it just sort of out of
time slowly, and demonstrate some of the
techniques used and, and how I play it.
And then we'll go ahead and
use some backing tracks to help us along
with the song.
But, first off, we'll just say it's in the
key of G and, so
make sure we're in tune, check your
I'll just demonstrate a little bit of how
this song is gonna go.
So that's the first little phrase, and it
starts on the B string, second string.
And so, when I play a bunch of notes on
the same string in a row,
there's two ways you can do it.
You can just do it with, say, the thumb
pick over and over.
Like this.
Or you can try and alternate, like this.
For now, if it's easier for
you to just use the thumb pick,
that's no problem.
So, then the next line, this is the only
other tricky part is.
You've got a few of those sorta quick
notes together.
And once again, if you've got your thumb
going you can probably just use that.
Or you can try the alternating picking.
And we haven't covered alternate picking
too much,
so like I said if it's easier for you just
to use the thumb that's fine.
But those are sort of the main parts of
this song that are tricky, so
I just wanna cover those really quick so
now we'll finish this up and start with a
backing track.
One, two, three, go.
And now we'll play it at a slightly faster
Well, there you go.
There's Jingle Bells at two different
And that'll give you good head start on
some holiday music.
So, now that we've done Jingle Bells, I
wouldn't mind hearing your version.
If you'd like to send me a video of your
rendition of Jingle Bells, feel free and
I'll tell you what I think about it.