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Rock Guitar Lessons: A Minor Pentatonic 2

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[MUSIC]
All right,
we have some brand new notes per string
combinations that I want to show you.
These all start with our first finger.
We've been working with the pinky in the
last examples.
But, this one is gonna start with our
first finger, and
we're gonna have one note per string.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna go two notes per string.
[MUSIC]
These are all inside A minor pentatonic.
So these are familiar notes.
[MUSIC]
And
we've actually done this technique a lot
before.
[MUSIC]
In our previous intermediate section.
[MUSIC]
So this is familiar stuff,
but I wanna do one thing that we haven't
done before and
that is I not only wanna go down but I
wanna go back up.
So we're going to loop this.
[MUSIC]
Like that, and that's
going to require hammer-ons and pull-offs,
and also a very specific picking panel.
Let's take a look at what it is.
[MUSIC]
I like this one.
It's pretty easy, we start with an up
stroke.
[MUSIC]
We follow with a down,
the rest of it is driven by the left hand.
So all you have to do is go.
[MUSIC]
We've done a lot of that before,
all the way back to the shuffle stuff,
starting with an up stroke on the down
beat.
We're doing the same thing here.
[MUSIC]
And
you just fill in the blanks with your left
hand.
[MUSIC]
Is
a really good exercise for the pinky being
nice and strong.
[MUSIC]
Even with a clean tone I'm getting
nice notes.
[MUSIC]
Get a good tone out of that string.
That's it, let's see if we can speed that
up a bit.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
We want to
be able to control the dynamics play it
quietly and loud so.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So, this is really where all that work we
did with shuffles has paid off.
Because now we're really comfortable.
[MUSIC]
With driving this lick with an up stroke
on the down beat.
So congratulations.
If your work paid off for some fast
playing.
All right.
The next thing I want to do, that's the,
the one upper string and two upper string.
Let's add another string.
So this is gonna be one note.
[MUSIC]
Two notes.
[MUSIC]
And one note.
[MUSIC]
On the next string.
This is a really useful one.
It sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so this one is gonna sound like triplets
if we go.
[MUSIC]
One, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two, three,
one, two, three.
You get that 16th note triplet feel.
[MUSIC]
I really like this one.
It's, it's so,
to me it's amazing to be able to go across
three strings that quickly.
With that that much grace, you know your
not like having to muscle it.
[MUSIC]
It really is physically easy.
I don't have to use a lot of muscle to
play this.
And the reason is, I'm balancing my
hammer-ons and pull-offs with the picking,
so there's not just one hand that has to
carry everything, they're really,
they're really sharing the work.
So let's take a look at what we gotta do.
It actually starts the same as the last
one, or, we start with an upstroke and
a downstroke.
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Do the hammer-on or sorry, the pul-off.
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And then we have a downstroke.
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So there's two downstrokes.
[MUSIC]
In a row with a pull-off in between.
[MUSIC]
A technique we've done a lot before so
we're just taking things we already know
and putting them together.
[MUSIC]
Let's just take that much and for
now I'm gonna do that in a 16th note feel,
so I'll go like.
[MUSIC]
So that's up, down, down.
[NOISE]
[MUSIC]
All right.
Now, the transition to come back up, after
this downstroke at the bottom [SOUND],
we're going to do an up [SOUND] on that B
string.
So we'll go.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
That's up, down, down, up.
Up, down, down, up.
[MUSIC]
Just got to make sure those strokes
are exactly like I'm doing them and that
you've got the pull-off in the same place.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
After that, just add a hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And then one more.
[MUSIC]
Upstroke, and it's the up that we started
with, we've basically, we've looped the
whole lick now, let's try that.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Fantastic.
Now let's loop this continuously and
it's going to begin to feel like those
triplets.
[MUSIC]
Alright.
So one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And,
now if this is uncomfortable or if you're
getting lost in all the combinations of
picking and hammer-ons and pull-offs, just
slow it down.
Take it section by section.
I'm going to make it super slow.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Really valuable to do it at that speed,
cause that's where you'll hear any string
noise that's might be happening.
That's were you can really, you know, sort
of look under the hood and
look at the engine of this lick and make
everything is working properly.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Up.
[MUSIC]
Up.
[MUSIC]
All right, let's try speeding it up,
after we've practiced it and made it
closer to being indestructible.
[MUSIC]
Practice it playing loud and
quiet so we'll start with loud.
[MUSIC]
And
making it quiet by muting, also just by
picking lighter.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
That really gives you control of the tone
and that's so important to being musical.
All right once, once we're at that point
let's trying speeding it up a bit.
[MUSIC]
So one, two, three, four
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
We can get it even faster.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four,
[MUSIC]
So that's a pretty cooking lick.
And again, it's amazing that we can get
across the three strings that quickly, and
lock this all into a solid 16th note
triplet.
It's not just random notes as fast as you
can.
It's all really locked into a groove.
This is a great lick.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And
there's one more I wanna do one note per
string.
Two notes per string.
And two more.
[MUSIC]
So we're back to our 16th note feel.
And our techniques are really going to be
similar to what we've been doing where we
start with the upstroke,
[MUSIC],
very familiar by now.
To our down and a pull-off.
[MUSIC]
And then we do another down and
another pull-off.
[MUSIC]
Wow, but let me see here.
[MUSIC]
I
actually pick both of those on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
So there's two picked notes there but
then I'm going to do a hammer-on.
So,
[MUSIC]
let's do that much.
Let's figure out what the pick-strokes are
too.
We're of course starting with the up.
[MUSIC]
Down.
[MUSIC]
And then down, up.
[MUSIC]
So we'll go up, down, down, up.
[MUSIC]
Up, down, down, up.
Up, down, down, up.
[MUSIC]
Yeah.
[MUSIC]
There it is.
[MUSIC]
Slow it down a little bit.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
There it is.
[MUSIC]
Those are the notes I'm picking.
[MUSIC]
And if I want to put the hammer on.
[MUSIC]
The next note with an upstroke.
[MUSIC]
Hammer on after it.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're back, with our last upstroke
which begins it again.
[MUSIC]
Let's make it super slow.
One, two, three, four!
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now, this temp is so
valuable to have control of.
This is where you really hear if you can
keep those notes rhythmically
in a really nice, even flow.
And you're not,
you're not rushing the pull-offs because
sometimes if you practice,
[MUSIC]
you know, trying to do fast trills.
You've just trained your muscles to only
do fast.
And in this slow tempo, it's not
necessarily easier to play it slow.
It, it's less confusing, your brain will
get easier.
But your fingers, to have that technique,
to really keep those even.
[MUSIC]
That might be challenging at first but
if it's challenging, you're working on the
perfect thing.
You're working on exactly what your left
hand needs to keep those,
those hammer runs and pull-offs really
even and locked in, and
that's gonna completely pay off in how
your fast playing feels.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Now see if make it a little faster so.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Awesome lick.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That is a really good technique.
So all three of these, the.
They all start with the first finger
again.
So we got the one and two.
[MUSIC]
16th notes.
We got the one, two, and one.
[MUSIC]
Those sound like triplets.
[MUSIC]
And the last one, the one, two, and two.
[MUSIC]
Back to 16th notes.
So the shape and the number of notes per
string influences whether it's 16th notes
or 16th note triplets.
It's almost like a drummer is living
inside of these shapes, and
that drummer loves to do this certain
groove.
That's how I look at them a lot of times
when I, when I go for a solo.
I know that each one contains rhythmic
tendencies and
I want to use that to my advantage.
So if I want triplets, I want to go for
this one.
[MUSIC]
If I want 16th notes I want to go for
one of the other ones.
[MUSIC]
All right, so
these are so useful, so please practice
these, and, let me see how you're doing.
I wanna listen, I wanna give you advice
and
ideas on how to make this really even and
beautiful and
dynamic, you know, quiet and loud, all the
good things, and most of all, musical.
All right, so send in a video, let me see
what you're doing.
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Four.
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One, two, three, four.
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