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Rock Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Solo 10

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
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[MUSIC]
All right,
this is some stellar pentatonic scale.
But I've added some chicken picking
techniques.
And it's called, chicken picking because
it sounds like a chicken going [SOUND].
[SOUND] [LAUGH] And, the way we do that,
I'm just taking the notes out of our
scale.
[MUSIC]
And
the first one I'm playing without the
chicken picking.
I'm just starting right on the downbeat.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] And, and I struck that normally.
But the next one.
I do that [SOUND].
And the way that happens is with the
downstroke that's muted,
muted with the left hand.
All I have to do is don't press down.
If you press down, you'll get the note.
[SOUND] But just let off on it.
So just barely touching it.
And then, the next note is an upstroke,
and you press down.
So it's basically, you know, mute, press,
mute, press.
[MUSIC]
And the picking is down, up, down, up.
[MUSIC]
So let's see how that works in context,
if we, if we do the normal down stroking
chord on the C, it would be like that.
[MUSIC]
Let's try that in time and we'll loop it.
One, two, three, four.
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Turn it up.
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There we go.
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Just a percussive, you know, chick.
[MUSIC]
There we go.
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And, at this tempo,
again, you can get away with almost any
combination of strokes.
But, as we speed it up, it's gonna be
really important that it's a down and
an up on that, on that chicken picking.
[MUSIC]
All right so after that I'm gonna
chicken pick every note of the pentatonic
scale so I'm gonna go.
[MUSIC]
We'll
see how far down we go on this pattern.
So I'm going to go, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right.
At the end, I do a four note phrase.
[MUSIC]
Using the notes right out of
the pentatonic scale.
And these are down, up, down, up.
Yeah, just alternate picking.
Down, up, down, up.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Let's look at this one more time.
[MUSIC]
A lot
of syncopations in the rhythm of this.
If I keep the down beats going with my
foot and I, and I play the accents.
Let's see.
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That's the rhythm.
So every other beat is between the down
beats.
[MUSIC]
Actually
at that slow tempo it's almost harder to
feel it.
I think it's easier to feel when it's,
when it's at the normal tempo.
[MUSIC]
So I'm gonna strum that.
[SOUND] That's pretty groovy.
And I think it's the easiest to hear when
we actually add the notes.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So I think you've got that in your ears.
That's gonna be the easiest way to get
this, is just listen to it,
be able to sing it.
[MUSIC]
All right, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So I'm singing, I'm hitting my foot on the
ground, I'm doing everything.
Let's just try to play it.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Now I realize that
this is your first introduction to chicken
picking, and we're tackling a whole scale.
So, at first maybe just work on one note
like.
[MUSIC]
I'm doing that.
A lot of syncopations there, so to me it's
almost easier to do the scale.
[MUSIC]
Or maybe loop it like.
[MUSIC]
Just make it a smaller thing,
even really small like.
[MUSIC]
The smaller you make it,
the easier it is to nail that technique.
Really focus on it.
[MUSIC]
Add a little more.
[MUSIC]
Add a little more.
[MUSIC]
All right.
And, as always, I love to put a rhythm in
between our solo to practice
the transitions between rhythm and solo.
And plus it just sounds good.
So, for this one, I went.
[MUSIC]
So I did a G power chord, two notes,
[SOUND], then I did a D major chord,
actually I'm sorry, D power chord.
[MUSIC]
With F sharp in the bass.
[MUSIC]
Now that's a great thumb chord.
[MUSIC]
Now the reason I can put F sharp
in the bass is it is [SOUND] the major
third.
The major third's a strong note, so even
resides pretty happily in the bass.
[MUSIC]
So we have.
[MUSIC]
Big change in a hand
position there cuz our thumb is behind the
neck to play the G power chord and
then it comes up to play the F sharp.
So keep an eye on how my hand is turning
around the fretboard for that.
[MUSIC]
And then.
[MUSIC]
That last lick, this bass draw on
an A power chord [SOUND], and the second
finger [SOUND] is making that melody.
So it's still, going from C [SOUND] open,
to A, and
then the G [SOUND] and one last power
chord.
[MUSIC]
That's a cool rhythm.
All right, we got it all together now.
We got the pieces, let's put it together
slow.
One, two, three, four.
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[MUSIC]
Maybe a little slide.
[MUSIC]
To start it off.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, I'm dying to play
this in a real tempo, let's speed it up a
little bit and have a good time.
One, two, three, four.
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One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.