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Rock Guitar Lessons: Fast Descending Pentatonic Pattern 2

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One, two, three, four.
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All right.
I think this is a really important
descending pattern to know.
In the pentatonic scale.
And, so I'm gonna show it to you right
now.
Let's take the first section.
Which is.
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And we're gonna dissect that and
make it easy, for you to play.
You already know a lot of this so it's not
gonna be too tough.
Now, what I want to do, let's do the first
part first.
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Three notes.
These are, a pick note with a down stroke,
and a pull-off.
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I know you can do that.
And then we're gonna do another downstroke
at the end.
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So this is all downstrokes, down, down,
with a pull off in the middle.
And this is gonna be a triplet, so let's
make this feel like a triplet, and
we'll loop it with a stop in the middle
for some air.
So we'll go.
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It's getting used to that.
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In sort of two down strokes.
One, two, three, four.
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Yeah, all right.
Just two down strokes and then pull up.
Now, let's do the transition, which is the
next note.
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And that next note is the A note,
and it's an upstroke.
And this is actually a lick we did before.
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I've been doing that a lot
in previous licks.
So, we're getting into our comfort zone
from practicing this before.
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All right.
But let's just do the transition for now,
the.
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So that's gonna be down, down, up.
Down, down, up.
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All right, after that,
all we have to do is two more notes and
only the first one of those is picked.
So, we'll go.
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That's it.
We'll leave a hole and loop it right now
so
we can really concentrate on the ending.
We'll go.
One, two, three, four.
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Leave a hole.
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Let's slow it down a little bit,
a one, two, three, four.
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Yeah.
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That's good.
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Again we gotta make sure these
pick strokes.
Are perfect because once we start speeding
it up we're,
there's a danger of getting all tangled up
with, with what the pick is doing.
So I really wanna make sure these are,
these are right.
Now, let's take a look at this, and what I
wanna do,
let's take the pull-offs out for a minute.
And just play the pick notes just so we
make sure we're doing that pattern right.
So when I go.
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Those are the notes that are being
picked minus the notes that are pulled
off.
So let's look at that.
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The first two are with the pinky, and
down strokes, and we have an upstroke on
the A.
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Down, down, up.
And then the last one is a down.
That's what you
have to pick.
There's of course more notes in there but
they'll happen from doing the pull-offs.
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But this is practice,
let's loop it a couple of times.
Really get the feel of those picked notes.
One, two, three, four.
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Let's test it out and
see if we can get that quicker.
We're gonna go.
One, two, three, four.
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The pinky is doing a lot of work there.
So make sure to get the, concentrate on
that and
send some mental power to your pinky.
One, two, three, four.
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Actually,
three out of four of those notes, it's the
pinky.
So this is a lot of pinky action.
One, two, three, four.
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Let's
see if we can get it in a little quicker.
One, two, three, four.
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All right, good.
I think we're ready to put those pull-offs
in let's go back down to a slow tempo.
Same pick strokes
just adding some pull-offs.
All right.
Now once you have that comfortable.
Each set of two strings inside a
pentatonic is gonna be the same technique,
same picking.
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All you have to do is
modify your left hand shape to fit the
pentatonic scale shape.
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On to the two middle strings.
We're gonna do our box shape.
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Same shape for the next two strings.
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And I ended it with a.
[SOUND] Nice two big, then we get to the
third.
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And the root.
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Now lets put that together, real slow.
One, two, three, four.
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Let me hear that again,
make sure I got the phrasing right.
One, two, three, four.
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There we go.
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Now, I really think you can do this.
But, again, if you're having any problem
playing it, I mean, this is,
getting pretty quick so.
The trick is always in the transitions.
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I really think you can do this.
But again, if you're having any problem
playing it,
I mean this is getting pretty quick, so
the trick is always in the transitions.
Let's take that first lick which, once we
can get that up to speed.
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We just have to be
able to get from that to the first note of
the next one.
And the first note of the next would be.
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And it's really close,
we don't have to go very far to get that
note, so.
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That's the transition.
Now let's do the transition on the next
one.
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Well let's see.
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There it is.
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The next one.
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Next one.
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Next one, and.
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We don't even do that, we,
we end before that.
All right, so let's put the whole thing
together one more time.
I like to practice this a lot.
Three, four, slow.
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All right, a little faster.
One, two, three, four.
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Then after that.
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Now I
threw this in as an extra little bonus
challenge for you.
Because we're doing a lot of very
intricate picking patterns here.
We're not picking every note, but the
notes that we pick are very important, and
we have to do it in an exact pattern.
So that's, that's challenge in itself.
But suddenly, I'm gonna show you my little
slight-of-hand trick.
Where I change from my standard picking
and
I slide the pick into my, my finger like
that.
So it's a change from there to there just
like that.
And then, I'm ready to finger pick.
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All right.
And then I have to go back and pick
normally again.
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Switch the pick.
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All right
let me show you these chords real quick.
We gotta know what to play.
Doing a power chord bar and the middle two
strings, but I'm changing the base note.
Instead of the base not being D.
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I'm going F.
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So the fourth is the sus actually.
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Then going down to the major third.
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One, two, three.
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That's how you find your intervals.
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Now I'm just doing and
then these power chords in the middle.
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That's, fifth fret,
second fret, a little open A.
And then.
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All right, that's a nice little
finger picked line.
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And I love that contrast between like
ripping 16th note triplets.
That you hit hard in a nice soft finger
picked chord part.
That's really gonna catch the ear of your
audience and
make them pay attention because you can do
both those things.
One, two, three, four.
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Yeah.
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Now I'm using a relatively clean sound for
this because I want those chords to come
out real nice and soft.
But let's try one where, I wanna make the
loud part louder by turning up my volume
and I might even kick on the pedal.
And then when I play the chord part I'll
kick the peddle off.
So we'll really get more extreme dynamics
that way.
I'll go one, two, three, four.
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That's a lot of fun.
I have so much more fun doing that than
just the fast part over and over.
Or just the clean part over and over.
I love that contrast, and
I think your audience will too, so
practice that one a lot.
This is a really useful lick, and just
focus on the top part first
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That will build the technique.
Once you have the technique, it works in
the whole scale and
you can do the whole thing very easily.
It's a really good lick, really important
lick.
And I want to hear you play it, so please
send it in.
Make a video of yourself, let me check it
out.
I'll give you some advice and ideas.
Check out the other students playing it
too.
And we'll make the world rock with these
descending pentatonic triplets, one, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two, three,
one, two, three.
That's also put together.
Thank you very much.
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[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
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