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Rock Guitar Lessons: Picking Groove Precision

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One, two, three, four!
All right, so we're gonna do more of our
new way of holding the pick.
Where our thumb is bent forward, we're
getting that nice scratchy tone.
And on this one,
I wanna do some syncopated chords.
We played these chords before, in the last
example but this time,
we're gonna do them with a nice syncopated
Which means they're gonna be upstrokes, so
I'm gonna go.
That's an up there, so
let's try it again, I'll do it slow.
Three, four.
And let's take a look at this,
because I want to really slow it down and
figure out the transition.
Again, the transitions are always the
parts that require the most practice.
So if I go three, four.
Okay, so the quickest
part is when I have to do a downstroke on
that A note, and an up on the chord.
That's the part that we really wanna get.
Make it as slow as you have to make it to
make those notes really clean, and
exactly the way you want them to sound.
So, we can slow it down to, like, one,
two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
I wanna make it even slower,
I'm gonna do like a contest with myself to
see how slow I can make this.
Let's see, one, two, three, four, one,
One, that's open A, here we go.
One, two, three, four, one, two,
[SOUND] one, two, three, four, one, two,
now I'm sure you're gonna get it at that
So then we can start speeding it up after
you've got the confidence,
after this is indestructible at a slow
You can begin to speed it up.
One, two, three, four, one, two.
One, two, three, four, one, two.
One, two, three, four, one, two.
Then that starts to feel good you can add
the gallop, so, one, two, three, four.
When you break things down like that,
not only does it improve your technique,
it also really trains your ear to listen
for the details of those transitions.
So, two things improve at once,
it's really great technique to take things
apart like that.
Now let's look at the whole lick again.
One, two, three, four.
So the next part is easy,
because it's really the same picking
You're just using a different finger, and
you've already been using this for
a while in the last example, so this
should come very easily to you.
And you can give these a little bit of
vibrato if you want.
That's sort of a nice and they sound and
a good practice to vibrato more than one
note at a time right, cause we're actually
barring with one finger and let's see, am
I using the giant finger there?
Yeah, and I must admit I'm starting to,
my fingers are starting to just sort of
squeeze together a little bit,
so I can really get the enough pressure on
You know that's, so I won't yell at you if
your fingers squeeze together there,
usually I like them to be spaced out on
one fret, one fret each.
But in this case, I'll forgive you for
squinching them up a little like that.
All right, so let's try it one time super
slow and accurate and
then we'll speed it up a little bit,
here's the slow one, so, one, two, three,
you can tap your foot at the same time,
that'll really get you in the groove.
And here's something to try as well, I'm
going to put more distortion on by hitting
a pedal, and that's gonna make it, you
know, heavy and chunkier sounding but
it's also going to take any string noises
that I don't want and amplify them, so
I really gotta be, it's really gonna be a
good practice for
muting the strings that I don't want, so
I'm going to do that.
I'm going to turn on a little more
distortion, and I'll try it this way.
Three, four.
everything's all right let's see how much
I'm going to put in all the boxes and
things, we'll see how crazy this gets, so.
Now, I'm barely picking, I'm picking
really light.
And really my goal is to get that scratch.
Because that's what's coming out,
when the distortion makes the guitar that
it really brings out the texture.
That you're getting from that
new way of holding the pick.
So that's where this is really paying off.
We use a lot of distortion and get that
heavy, chunky sound and
a nice scratchy gallop.
All right, so one more time, up to speed.
Here we go, one, two, three, four.
>> One, two, three, four.