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Rock Guitar Lessons: The Pinky Stretch

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One, two, three, four.
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There are so many good things in this
riff.
We really get to use our muting
techniques.
Cuz again I'm strumming like crazy.
[SOUND] But there's also single notes in
there [SOUND].
And we're really being able to control
[SOUND].
Just getting that one note to come out.
Even though we're strumming everything.
We're controlling the chaos, the potential
chaos.
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We don't want that, we want a nice.
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That's beautiful.
So that's the beginning of it,
but the thing that I wanna focus on in
this example is the pinky.
And I think the pinky is a fantastic
finger to use for playing guitar.
You might as well you've got one,
I'm pretty sure you've got one, so we
might as well put it to use.
And I this pentatonic scale I'm going to
start by going.
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So
that's just using your your first and
third fingers.
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But then I want to take that ending.
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And
I like how it sounds if I do it an octave
lower.
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And in order to get that.
I'm gonna try to use my pinky and my first
finger on that low E string so.
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And
that's a really good exercise cause again
the secret to this, is hand position,
it's being able to bring your hand up, and
your wrist underneath the neck,
enough where your pinky easily hits that
note.
If your hand position is up here you can
pull on your pinky all you want and
it's just not gonna, not gonna reach so
the trick is to put your hand underneath
the neck and suddenly, you know, you can
reach way further than you need to.
So let's see where I have to reach to do
that.
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Okay, so for me, I went there.
And.
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I'm also, I'm doing a lot of muting there.
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Somehow I'm managing to, to mute all these
other strings with this part of my hand
and still have that pinky note come out.
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And
that's probably why I'm not using the
finger tip.
Cuz then you'll, you'll get all that, all
that extra notes that you don't want.
So, that's what I'm getting there.
But I am having to put my wrist underneath
a little bit to make that happen.
All right.
Now in this example is also.
The beginning seeds of alternate picking,
because the first note.
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That's all, it's like a strum.
It's up, down, up, down, up, but that's
what alternate picking and
this is a great way to develop the general
feel, the motions that are a gonna
pay off later when we start doing faster
alternate picking things.
So this is a great thing, this lick is
really going to expand your technique.
And I think it sounds pretty cool too, so
let's try it together.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And the the syncopations, I love these.
If, if you listen to where the accents
are, like, ticca, ticca,
ticca ticca, ticca, ticca.
That's so groovy.
And I wanna just look, you know, again, I,
I think this is so
important even those it's simple.
That's why I'm taking it apart.
And I wanna look at some of the
transitions.
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That's
a really important part to get those
chicka's nice and clean.
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And I'm giving it a stylish small bend.
I would say it's a quarter step.
It's not even as much as a full fret.
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That'd be a half step.
[MUSIC]
I'm not going quite that far.
[MUSIC]
Just a little bit to sorta say.
Yeah I'm just, I'm just rising up a little
bit.
So.
[MUSIC]
Oh, that's good.
And then on the lower note too.
[MUSIC]
I might give it a little,
just a little pull up and pitch.
[MUSIC]
So, let's, let's check that out.
Keep your ear focused on those tiny little
bends that I'm doing on the high C and
the low C.
All right, here we go.
Three.
Four.
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Some many good things, chickas,
little bends, syncopations.
And this is how you make the pentatonic
scale come alive.
I wanna contrast that to.
[MUSIC]
That is the scale,
and that's a great way to visualise the
scale where to put the notes,
but to make it breath and live and rock
the world.
You gotta put those other ingredients in.
Here we go, one more time.
One, two, three, four.
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One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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