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Rock Guitar Lessons: Pinky Trill

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One, two, three, four.
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All right.
It is time to strengthen up, the pinky.
And we're gonna do that with hammer-ons
and pull-offs.
And, a lot of this lick.
We're already familiar with.
We've been working a lot with this gallop
lick.
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Okay.
That nice scratchy sound.
With our with our picking pattern with two
downs and one up.
Down, down, up.
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All right.
And what comes after that?
I'm gonna do a couple chords.
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We've already played these chords.
It's a bar.
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On the two middle strings with
your third finger.
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And a bar there.
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All right.
We know that.
So, the new part.
It's really strengthening this pinky
finger.
Now the hammer-ons some pull-offs that
we've done before,
have been using open strings.
So we've only had to use one finger.
But this time I've got the low note with
my first finger, and then the higher note.
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Is happening with the pinky.
And I really.
I really want to encourage you to use it.
I mean a lot of people will hesitate and
go oh, you can just use the other ones.
But it's a really good finger to use it
opens up so
many possibilities of stuff we can play.
It's gonna pay off a lot in the future
lessons.
So let's, let's start strengthening it up
right now.
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You can go slow.
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You can go even slower,
and the trick is, the slower you go the
more it allows you to listen and
see if there's, any string noise you don't
want.
Make sure the tone is nice and strong and
make sure it's in time.
Let's do that really slow like we'll go,
three.
Four.
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That's great.
And you might even get a new callous on
your pinky that you've haven't had before.
So, it'll help build that up.
And, what else will it do?
Let me play it one more time.
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Hand position wise.
I'm not really under it like that I can be
a little bit behind the neck,
let's see where the thumb is.
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Okay,
I just, I want to make sure I show this to
you the right way so,
I'm gonna play it one more time in context
of the rift, and
I just want to see where my thumb is
without me thinking about it.
So, one, two, three, four.
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Yeah, so it's pretty much on the top
of the neck.
I mean, if your hand is smaller, you might
be able to slide it back a little bit.
But in general it's, you know, I'm not
down here underneath.
I could, cuz I wanna be able to give a
vibrato at the end.
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And
that's gonna happen with our usual vibrato
technique.
Have the first finger joint connected to
the neck, and wrist giving it the motion.
Alright, I've given you a lot of pieces
here.
Let's put it together, so, let's do it
super slow.
One, two, three, four.
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Now this trill I am doing it in time.
The other ones I just sort of went as fast
as I could.
This one I really wanna concentrate on
those being [SOUND].
Those are 16th notes, that's quick.
So let's slow it down a little more, so we
can really get those 16th notes accurate.
So one, two, three, four.
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And a little bit of vibrato at the end.
This makes it.
Okay, the last thing I wanna look at about
this is the transition.
I'm always telling you about transitions
because they're so important, and
they really help clean up and make it look
super accurate.
So, the transition I wanna look at is from
this last chord.
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To,
this is a transition that happens in
completely with the first finger.
We're on the first finger to play the
chord.
And then we've got to play the single note
here.
And this may seem simple, but it requires
technique to go.
That's something you could practice.
It's just going, going back and forth
between that chord and
the first couple notes of the trill, maybe
like that, so, three, four.
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It requires a,
a small shift of the left hand.
So.
There's some things to get used to there,
and
that's really gonna do it to just focus in
on that part.
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All right.
And also, it, it makes your ear really
aware of those details.
So one more time and check it out.
One, two, three, four.
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One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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