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Rock Guitar Lessons: Fast Descending Pentatonic Pattern 1

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One, two, three, four.
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This is a really cool 16th note
pattern that uses the pentatonic scale.
And basically takes the pattern that we
looked,
worked with in the last example and just
expands on it.
So, the techniques that we learned in the
last one are really going to pay off here.
All right, let's take a look at the top.
That's the beginning.
And we're doing the same technique of
playing one note twice
with alternate picking, down, up.
But here I'm gonna start using some
pull-offs to to make this picking easier,
so the next note is pulled off, alright,
so
we get one note free courtesy of our left
hand power.
And then we play the last note in the
phrase, the four note phrase,
with a down stroke.
So we go down, up, pull-off, down.
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Let's just practice that much to,
to get that, really feeling good.
Three, four.
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The important
thing here is to make sure that the
picking strokes are correct.
You want to go like that.
[SOUND] All right I think
you got that now.
The next part, let's see.
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Now this one.
I want to see what the first stroke is.
This is important.
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Now here's the tricky part.
It reverses.
This is actually up, down.
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And then a downstroke.
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And then a pull-off.
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So.
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So.
That's the way we get that one.
But the thing, the cool thing about this,
is once we master those two, it works for
the whole thing.
So once we get that, those two bits
together, we can do the whole scale.
So let's, let me play this, these two
sections together slowly.
Three, four.
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I'm gonna slow it down even more and
actually I wanna do the transition,
it's so helpful to work on the transitions
so I'm just gonna do the first note.
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Of the next part.
Make sure that that is an upstroke.
So I'm going to go.
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Slow it down even more.
One, two, three, four.
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Yeah.
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That's another upstroke.
All right, once we've got that we can do
the two notes.
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This works so well.
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Putting in the pieces and
slowly adding on.
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Maybe speed it up and
see how that much of it is doing.
So three, four.
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Oh.
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There we go.
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All right now we're
ready to add some more notes.
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And we might as well do the last ones
pull-off so we don't even have to worry
about the picking for that.
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And instead of looping it, lets just do
that one and we'll add a pause so when can
really make sure it's alright.
Three, four.
That's pretty fast, I'm gonna slow it down
a little bit.
Three, four.
There we go.
That's good.
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All right now lets go and
do those on the next set of strings inside
the pentatonic shape which should be.
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If we adjust our fingering a little bit.
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With those two fingers to get the notes
right for pentatonic.
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And you could do the middle strings.
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Always the same picking pattern.
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All right so
we can do the whole thing now.
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Alright lets hear how that sounds.
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That's pretty cool.
Now at the end I just went straight
descending.
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Straight down the scale with downstrokes
and pull-offs in between.
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Three down strokes.
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And then I do some big.
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Muted A chords.
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With muted spaces in between.
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All right so
lets here how all that sounds together.
Put it into.
In one giant hole again.
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I'm gonna put a little more distortion
on it and see if I can still keep it muted
and clean and tight and precise.
One, two, three, four.
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All right we're doing some really
fast 16th notes there so I'm proud of you
because doing the, you know walk into
a music store and some people are gonna go
woah, you know that's a serious lick.
You sit down you put on the guitar and.
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They know you can play,
especially if you that vibrato at the end
and make a face.
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All right.
Thank you for listening to my pentatonic
ideas and
lets check out the next one after you
practice this one a lot.
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One, two, three, four.
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