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Rock Guitar Lessons: Fast Picking Blues Scale

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four!
[MUSIC]
Oh, this is an amazing picking exercise,
and it's all based around the blues scale
that we've been working with.
So again, let's go over the notes really
quickly.
We know them, but let's know them even
better.
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And I'm gonna get one note lower.
[SOUND] By moving my hand down to the
third position.
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That's an easy little move.
And the trick, of course, is to pick these
with a gallop.
I wanna go.
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And I wanna get that nice scratchy sound.
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From our angled pick.
Which means our thumb's got to be angled
like this and
we're using the side of our finger.
And.
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That's a nice scratchy sound.
Now the trick with this are the
transitions.
When we go from one note.
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To that next note.
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And to the next note.
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Each of those transitions is the most
difficult part.
So let's work on that.
Let's just take it separately and slow it
down a little bit.
So we'll go like, one two three four.
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Now let's try to speed it
up a little bit we'll go.
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All right,
I think that's gonna be easy for you.
Because you you already have that motion
down.
Or a lot of the gallop strumming we've
been doing.
All right, the next thing we're gonna do
is let's complete the pattern
on the C note so we'll go.
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We'll just loop that back and
forth on the same string.
So, one, two, three, four.
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All right, now the big challenge
comes when we have to skip, or actually we
don't skip we just go to the next string.
Cuz these strings are right next to each
other.
So we'll go.
Now there's the move.
We'll try that.
One, two, three, four.
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Pause.
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In time.
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Loop it.
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Till it feels good, [SOUND] take a breath,
[SOUND] all right, and over and over
again.
Until that really feels comfortable, and
we'll just keep going up the scale that
way.
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When it feels comfortable add
one more note.
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That one you have to wait a long time.
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That's not bad.
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Don't be afraid of the space.
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Gives you time to get ready.
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Each note starts with a downstroke.
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We're really getting that scratch, and
then we'll take it all the way up to the C
note.
And there we'll start heading back down.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so this is obviously good practice for
your gallop picking technique going.
[MUSIC]
So let's try it again, super slow.
One, two, three, four.
>> [MUSIC]
>> Now I'm playing with.
Just a little bit of distortion, enough to
get a good scratchy sound.
But not enough where you really have to
fight to control all the, all the noise.
Let's see if I, let's try it with a lot of
distortion,
let's see what happens at this tempo.
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[MUSIC]
That's getting kind of scratchy, but
its a little bit a little bit
overwhelming.
So I'm going to keep this tight with a
little less distortion yeah that's
kinda cool.
And the thing its actually will develop
your technique so
much to play with that sort of whisper
quiet attack.
Cuz that's the thing that's gonna sound
really good when you have a lot of
distortion.
Is that whisper quiet.
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Almost more scratch than note.
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Really just using the pick to get tone.
All right, so let's try this a couple more
times.
One two three four.
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And the thing I just noticed is the C note
is one note that we play there, the C,
that isn't a wrapped string.
This is a, just a plain string so there's
no wrapping on it so
you can't get any scratch on that one.
Somehow the scratching sound comes from
the wrapped strings.
There's not so much scratch on that one
so.
That one you know, it's.
[LAUGH] Don't worry if there's no scratch,
cuz I don't think,
it's impossible on that one.
Just get a nice, light tone.
[MUSIC]
Maybe a little bit of scratch, but
certainly not as much as.
[MUSIC]
There's a lotta scratch.
All right.
So I think we got into all the details of
this.
This is one of the best picking exercises
you could ever do.
It's really, really gonna coordinate the
technique of your right hand.
It's gonna, it's gonna dial in your
ability to get the right tone outta
the string, get the right pick angle.
And it's also gonna help you to jump from
string to string,
cuz you have to do that a lot in this
lick.
[MUSIC]
That lick.
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Should go from one string to the next.
And make the transition really clean.
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That's really important, and
after you do this your picking is going to
really be in a good place.
So, let's just try this a lot and listen
closely to those details and
all the transitions.
Make sure that's a nice clean transition
to the next string.
There, you got it.
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All right, I'm going to play it one more
time just so you know what it should like
when it's a little quicker.
Here we go.
Thank you for listening to my ideas about
the picking.
One, two, three, four.
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One, two, three, four.
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