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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Picking Pattern - Exercise 2

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Here's another Picking Pattern Exercise.
Exercise number 2.
We looked, in Exercise number 1 at how the
basic construct
of the pattern works the basic mechanics
of downstrokes.
Or the number notes and upstrokes are the
ands of those number notes so
one and two and three and four and down,
up, down, up, down, up, down, up.
Exercise num,
number 2's gonna take it one step further
with some challenge with changing strings.
Kinda looking at how the pattern when is
broken into more musical kind of phrases
still remains the same, even though you,
you can kinda break these things.
We're not just like in exercise one just
sort of repeating a basic you know,
sort of functional pattern.
This is more of musical kind of pattern.
And so what I'll do is I'll play it
through here 80 beats a minute
then we'll talk about it.
One, two three.
All right.
So you can see there as compared to the
exercise one, obviously some more
challenge there like I mentioned with,
with the string changes, but.
But also we have some tide notes and and
some just different ways to look at how to
get into the pattern and how to, how to
maintain it.
And so from the first beat of this
exercise we have an and of four there.
So that's gonna be an upstroke if you were
to count that from those rests one,
two and three and four and,
So we, and we talked about earlier about
just where getting our pick moving
about how upstrokes kind of exist to to
really support a solid rest stroke.
You know that,
that move in order to make a solid rest
You know you've gotta get the pick up and
out, out there you know to, to set up
So as we, you know, add a note to that,
basically, its the same concept.
It sets up a good solid rest stroke.
And, again, our, our, our hands are loose
we're trying to initiate move from our
forearm here.
That's kind of an exaggerated
version of it.
But its basically the same idea of where
you bring the pick out of the string,
And then back in.
So when that's relaxed, as,
you know, as we learned in exercise 1,
That's the basic sort of fundamental
mechanics of, of flatpicking as far as the
interest of tone.
When you add speed you're not gonna sort
of gonna play rest strokes every down
stroke, especially when you get into more
performance tempos, but it's, it's,
it's, it's the approach, it's the, it's
the address position.
It's, it's understanding that, that's
where tone comes from.
So anyway, so the and of four and one, and
three that's kind of phrase one here in
this exercise.
It's just all on open third string that we
got and one and two, three.
So beats two and three are gonna be down
strokes because they're,
they're the number notes.
That gets us into bar two.
A little more eighth note action here but
we're changing some strings, so
it's on the four and.
That all sets up this solid downbeat on
beat three downstroke.
Four and one and two and three.
So this, these exercises like this good
for good for
maintenance, good for technique.
Kind of just awareness and, and kind of
pulling things back together if they're,
if they're if they're loose.
If you're new to this that the
string-changing concept
may be a little strange as far as trying
to maintain that
good solid rest stroke on all those
but just, just realize that that's, that's
part of what's working with this picking
pattern is we're trying to build some
we're trying to, really look at how we
play, how we play in the inter,
interest of tone, and in the interest of
avoiding too much tension.
And string changing in the exercise like
in an exercise like this is a really good
thing to do.
So, four and
So basically those upstrokes kinda set up
those string changes.
So there's an upstroke on the open
fourth string which sets up the downbeat
on the third string same thing.
[SOUND] Open the third string on, on the
and of one which sets up the downbeat,
beat two.
Now we've got the and of two is,
is the open second string.
But again as our upstrokes kind of exist
to set up these solid downstrokes we're
kind of out, and so we can move.
And so ultimately you see how my hand kind
of stays smooth through all that.
That may be one little thing to isolate
right there, just that little sort of mini
phrase within this exercise
So that let's leads us into,
back into more of a steady stream of
eighth notes with these string
changes starting on the end of four going
into the third official bar here.
So it's bar four on the tab
A little run there with open strings.
And then the first ending.
Beat one and
beat two are both down downstrokes right
So all this is tied here from beat three
back to the and of four.
I'm sorry.
two and three, and four.
And one, and two, three.
So that transition there, is something to
practice especially with the metronome.
Holding that holding that third beat,
letting it sustain through the end of
three and the down beat of four, so your.
Or through the down beat of four, so the
of four, is ready to strike again in time.
And part of this pattern is even though
we're not playing it we're still kind of
feeling it for letting notes ring.
So it's like.
One, two, and three, and four, and.
Notice even, I was counting it out loud.
And I was still sort of moving my hand
even, one and two, and three,
and four, and
So you we're committing to the pattern,
we're also committing to the groove.
And the pattern the more we trust the
pattern, the more we can trust the groove.
And just, in general, the more things we
can trust
with our playing especially a discipline
like flatpicking.
The better our tone will be and the
cleaner the playing will be so it's,
it's a great thing to kind of addressed
So again that and of four that opens
second string sets up our repeat.
Raise one.
Raise two.
And the final little number there on the,
on the second ending
So, still not fretting any notes it's
just a, it's good opportunity to just
really start digging in a little bit
deeper with this picking pattern, changing
some strings, looking at some tied notes,
looking at even more opportunity to stay
in rhythm, trust in the pattern.
So so good luck playing that and we've got
one more to add in the series and hang on.