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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Picking Patterns

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Okay, now we gonna get
in picking patterns and
we've just covered a lot of down
strokes with that last lesson.
So what we gonna do now is we gonna go,
I wanna do just a simple upstroke and
incorporate that into our vocabulary here.
And then we're gonna get into down,
up, down.
So right now I wanna do a similar exercise
that we did in the previous lesson where
we're gonna go full octave,
high E string to low E string and
then we'll do low to high.
So here is the first exercise.
And the down stroke is just,
rather the upstroke is just gonna
be similar to the downward.
We are just gonna stay relaxed and
wanna make good contact and
just get this nice, warm tone out of the
side of the pick that we have been using.
So, this is actually gonna be, when we
went down, we were angling the pick,
and I might not have gotten as much
detail with this in the last lesson.
But when we're going down,
we're angling this pick in a way to
where the string kinda rolls
off the edge of this pick.
And I think I didn't say
that in the last lesson.
To get this tone,
so it's less of the pick hitting
the string straight on.
And it's almost like you're pushing
the edge of this through it,
which creates that warm tone.
So with that being said,
when we do the up stroke,
the down stroke is leading off
the front edge of this pick.
So when we do the upstroke, it's gonna be
leading off the underside of this pick and
it's gonna be rolling off like that.
You just wanna create this
really even smooth effect here.
And we're gonna be actually
almost like pulling,
the bottom of the string.
So that's the upstroke and it should be
as warm and steady as the down stroke.
So, what we'll do here is we'll
go high to low with upstrokes.
So, this will
That's the upstroke from high to low.
Now we're gonna do upstrokes
starting low and going high.
Okay, now let's
do this together we'll
do high to low together.
So I'll count us in, all up strokes and
just remember, relax, don't hold your pick
too tight, but tight enough to where
you can make a nice solid contact.
And if you need to rest your middle,
or ring finger and
little finger right here,
it's a nice comfortable brace,
just kinda going over a little bit
of what we talked about earlier.
Not to forget those.
Just have a nice brace here to
keep this even and you'll be good.
So we're gonna go together
from high to low.
So 1,
2, 3,
1, 2,
3, 4,
And we will do one more time,
just a little bit faster.
1, 2, 3, 4.
So now we'll do low to high together,
1, 2, 3, 4.
1, 2,
3, 4.
Okay, good,
one more time a little faster,
1, 2, 3, 4.
We've just covered basically
down strokes in a lesson or two ago.
And then now, we've done up strokes.
And now, we're gonna get to down,
up, down which is gonna be
a staple pattern for
the rest of your life playing a guitar.
It's very important and
it's gonna be a great lesson
in efficiency, building speed.
And like I said, this will just be a great
foundation to really
focus in your playing.
So this is very important and
we'll do some exercises here.
The first one we'll do,
let's just do since we're into
this full octave span now,
let's just do high E to low E.
We'll get into these exercises
where we are doing down, up, down.
And what that's gonna be before I get
into the exercise is the down, up,
down is gonna be,
this will be the pattern.
It'll be done,
up and then down again.
So what that does is it enables
you to play much more efficiently.
So if I was to just play
every string like this.
I'm having to go down and
up, and down again anyway
to do just down strokes.
So my hand is moving.
See, I'm going down.
And then to come back up
to hit another down stroke,
I'm losing what could be another note.
So with this down, up, down pattern,
I take this movement which
is just the down strokes.
Now watch how slow my hand gets,
well, it would be the same motion.
But so watch what happens when I do down,
up, down versus just down strokes.
So here is down again.
And then here is
down, up, down.
And this might take a little bit of
practice, cuz you're getting into
the more intricacies of playing.
And as we progress,
some of these will be challenging.
But I'll help you through those.
So with this, to keep this in control and
keep it from getting to where
you're hitting another string and
trying to keep your clarity and
your flow and
your steadiness and your relaxation.
All those things, it's a lot to remember.
But just try to focus on all those things
and just doing the down, up, down.
If you start to hit the B string
a little bit or something,
just remember like keep
your right hand steady.
Just focus on these little movements.
It's not a lot of moving around.
It's just all right here.
Pretty concentrated and
focused on this one little area and
that'll help you control,
get your right hand under control.
So let's focus on doing that for
a minute and we'll do just a simple
little exercise just over these
three notes, well, four notes.
We'll do open E, F sharp,
G sharp, A and then back down.
So almost like a little scale run here.
But we're just gonna do down, up,
down and it's just gonna be like this.
And with that being said,
this is almost like,
it's almost incorporating
a little bit of muscle memory.
Because we're wanting to keep
this as even as possible and
that's kind of the hard part,
cuz I'm sure this gonna to happen.
You might go down and then come back up,
and also go back down again.
You might hit the B string inadvertently,
don't let that bother you.
Just really focusing on trying to keep
this very, very steady and very even.
And try to keep your right hand,
making the same movement
each time to where you're not going
maybe like [SOUND] or something.
So you're hitting one and then it takes
a minute to get back up to the other.
Try to get it really nice and steady,
and maybe incorporate a little
rhythm to where you can think like.
Well, let's just do this together.
We'll do one, two,
three, four.
Again, one, two, three, four.
And then let's do one more
just a little faster.
One, two, three, four.
That covers
the first exercise for
down, up, down.
Now let's go and do the full span of
the similar note choices that we did for
the first couple of exercises,
with the picking patterns.
So we'll do down, up, down,
let's go low E to high E.
And we'll do that again with down,
up, down, up.
Or down, up, down.
So again, just really try to focus
on making this as even as possible.
And it's a very efficient movement.
You don't have to, there's not a lot of,
if you notice your right
hand moving around a lot, it needs to just
stay focused and stay right down in here.
And this movement just
needs to be minimal.
And that's going to come in handy down the
line when you get to playing up tempo and
you're playing more notes and
moving around the neck a lot more.
So, with that being said, just really
focus on this does not have to be
a big a big move it's just these little-
You're keeping the pick really tight,
I mean almost you know super,
super close to the string.
You can almost use that even as
an exercise, just mute the string and
don't even play a note,
just work on doing your right hand; down,
up, down, like that.
It's not as exciting musically, but
it might be a good way to increase
your speed if you just do that.
Just mute the,
just lay your left hand over the low
E string and just work on that.
And watch your right hand and really make
sure that you're keeping that nice, super
steady, you want to get it to where it's
almost like a machine gun kind of speed.
With just your pick.
That would sound more advanced.
Don't worry about doing this right now.
But this is what it would sound like.
And that would be
a good exercise to do.
You can do that as slow as or
as fast as you wanted to.
So let's go low to high right now.
We'll just do down, up, down.
So here we'll start.
Okay, now we'll go high
to low starting on the down stroke.
Okay now I want to break
that down even a little,
now that you get the idea and
how that sounds and
what your right hand looks like and
the idea of that pattern.
Let me break that down even more.
What we're doing is,
we're starting on a down stroke.
We'll get into more
advanced concepts of how
you approach this as far as getting
into starting in a solo, or
something like that, because sometimes you
will start on an upstroke, versus a down.
And we can get into that, but for right
now, we're going to keep it basic, and
just we're going to start on a downstroke.
So we're going to go down
the next note
next note down
up, down,
up, down,
up, down,
up, down.
So let's do that together,
starting on the down stroke.
One, two, three, four.
Little bit slower.
One, two, three, four.
And then now
let's go low to
high together.
One, two, three, four.
One more
time together.
One more time
with a count.
One, two, three, four.
Okay, I'm going to add
in one more exercise here,
same pattern down, up, down.
And I want to go from the low E to
the high, and then back down high to low.
So that will sound like this.
One, two, three, four.
And we'll do
that together.
One, two, three, four.
One more
time, a little
bit faster.
One, two, three, four.