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Rock Guitar Lessons: Fast Rock Triplets

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One, two, three, four.
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All right, we have some great, fast rock
and roll triplets going on here.
And again, the triplet is the one, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two, three.
But they're pretty fast so it's like.
I don't know if I can even say them
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[LAUGH] It's faster than I can talk.
And we've worked on this technique before.
We've worked on this pull off where we
picked the first note.
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And we pull off the other two.
We've been practicing that, so I think
you're ready to speed it up, and
the nice thing about this is it's all on
the same frets.
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And using the same fingers,
you just move a different string each
time.
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And so once you get one of those,
it's pretty easy to move it to the next
one.
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And the next one.
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And then combine them.
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It does take practice to do this so
if you need to go back to the early
sections where we worked on this and
really, you know, do those nice and slow.
And really get those so they're strong and
the tempo's even.
But I think you're ready.
If you've gone through the course, you're
definitely ready for these.
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The last note is the root.
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Or A note with the third finger.
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Two power chords with our first and
third finger, and I'm gonna end it with a
little power chord riff
using the open strings, the two middle
strings, the G power chord, A.
And then back to the G [SOUND], C [SOUND]
all right so
[SOUND] and I'm gonna mute that a little
bit.
[SOUND].
All right, so let's hear how this all fits
together, those are all the parts.
One, two, three, four.
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And
I want to point out that these two chords,
there's some syncopation going on there.
Let me see where it is.
Like those are both syncopated.
They're in between the beats.
But let's see what strokes I'm doing.
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Now usually,
syncopation I would hit with an upstroke,
let's see if I can, if I can do that.
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I can do it, but this stylistically,
I want to keep a little tighter and less
strummy, and because these chords
aren't being played quickly, I'm going to
go ahead and play them with down strokes.
Just because I can tighten up my muting.
And I can keep this a little cleaner that
way so I'm a,
I'm a bend the rule in the interest of
good tone and
getting the stylistic kind of sound I want
all right one, two, three, four.
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Another thing that I did, is I'm
using a little less distortion than I've
been using for some of the other examples.
And that's also gonna help keep those
chords super tight and
it's also gonna make sure that I'm really
getting a strong pull off,
because I'm not relying on the amp so
much.
I'm relying more on just finger strength.
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I'm really getting those pull offs strong.
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So
when you play those really listen to them
and just you know, be a harsh critic.
Decide are they loud enough, are they
really even in time.
You know, am I, am I you know, telling the
audience what that, what that time is?
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And
I want to communicate what the beat is,
through those, through those pull offs.
[SOUND] [SOUND] yeah,
that's my message that I want everyone to
hear.
All right, so let's do it, let's see,
[SOUND] that's a little faster,
let's slow it down a hair and we'll try it
a couple times, so.
One, two, three, four.
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I'm obviously doing a slide in there, too.
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That's sorta dramatic.
You're doing a short staccato chord.
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And then a slide.
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That's the kinda thing that makes your
playing cool.
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All right I think you've got it let's just
gradually speed it up as we practice it.
Keeping that confidence, keeping that
indestructible sound and attitude, but
seeing if we can speed it up a little bit,
one, two, three, four.
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I want to give you one more piece of
advice with this,
and that is when you're playing, you have
a choice about where to focus your mind.
You can focus it on your picking, you can
focus it on your right or your left hand,
and you can focus it on individual fingers
of your left hand.
There are so many things you can think
about.
Or you can forget it all and think about,
you know butterflies and
rainbows or, or a stadium full of rock
fans.
You know, there's anything you can think
about, but
what I want to think about when I play
this is the strength of those pull-offs.
I'm really focusing my, my mental energy
on these fingers getting that pull-off and
it immediately improves it.
It's amazing.
You know, try this at home.
When you play it, really focus on how you
want them to sound and
getting those nice and strong.
And it's, it's almost magical.
Immediately, it starts sounding better.
And because you're the one in control.
You're, here's your center of operations
and it's sending down the message and
if you tell those fingers, you know, I
really want that to sound good.
They'll do it for you, if you have that
vision of how it should sound.
Let's try it one more time and I'm gonna
focus on those fingers and
make them do it right.
One, two, three, four.
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And then I'll say, thank you very much.
Well done.
All right.
I want to hear you play that one as well.
So send in a video and check out the other
students' videos.
And we'll make this thing work, all right.
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One, two, three, four.
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