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Rock Guitar Lessons: A Minor 9

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All right,
I'm gonna continue my systematic journey
through the notes per string system of
figuring out how to play fast.
Now we just did, on the last example,
three notes on a string, [SOUND] for
the first time.
And we did one note on the lower string.
[SOUND] So, the next obvious thing to me
is to do three and two.
So this time.
I'm going to do these notes.
So we've got two notes.
On the lower string.
And two.
And I want to go down and back up.
That's a nice sound.
I like that sound.
These are gonna sound like sixteenth
notes instead of triplets and let's have a
look at the techniques.
I'm still starting with an upstroke,
but, the difference is since I have
two notes on the bottom string,
I have to do a little more picking
all right.
One, two.
Let's see what the pick strokes are, so
I'm doing an upstroke.
To pull us and down to get it started.
I'm actually gonna hit a down and an up.
I just love that,
I'm adding a little bit of aggression,
[SOUND] by picking those two notes,
a little bit of teeth to the lick.
After that,
I'm going to soften up with a hammer on.
There we go.
then I'm going to do up, down, up.
Just like we did in the last lick, so
this technique should be familiar.
All right, let's do it super, super slow.
And I'm going to stop at the end,
so we can sort of catch our breath and get
ready for the next one.
These all start with upstrokes, remember.
One, two, three, four.
But I didn't stop.
Let me stop this time, let me do it even
One and two, three, four.
There we go.
Starting with the up.
Nice notes.
All right.
Now that's starting to feel good, so
let's loop it now.
Three, four.
This is a really good exercise for
your left hand as well because you have to
go between having the feel of three note
pull off.
Now it's three notes total.
That's that.
This time, we're adding a hammer as well,
this is just pull offs.
But we're adding a hammer on there.
So you're sort of juggling techniques with
your left hand.
But when you put it all together.
get a really nice combination of picking
and hammer ons and
pull offs that has the potential to get a
lot faster once you,
you you make those motions and the
picking, into something that's habit.
And how do you make it habit?
You practice it a lot.
So let's speed it up a little bit.
I'm going to speed it up, but I'm still
going to put those holes in,
because those holes help me recalibrate.
And make sure I'm starting with the right
pick stroke.
So one, two, three, four.
[SOUND] Make sure I'm accurate
rhythmically when I do that.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] That sounds good.
All right let's loop it.
That's a nice sound.
Let's see how quick we can make this
I'm gonna turn it up a bit.
Hit it a little harder and
I'm also going to concentrate on being
able to change the dynamics.
One, two, three, four.
And a nice stop on the end.
That's when we start to put energy and
music and emotion into that thing.
It's when we can control the dynamics.
You can, at least I can feel how it really
gets emotional when you change that,
those dynamics.
So I want you to work on that a lot.
You can work on it slow.
really build your technique to be able to
control that,
those, those notes that are really quiet,
whisper quiet level.
You can turn up the distortion so you can
hear them and make sure you're muting.
That really
shows that you have control of the
So I think it's so important to be able to
do quiet and loud, and
that really gives you control of the
emotion of the lick.
At any tempo, it improves your technique,
it improves your ability to control the
emotion, it's just all good things.
All right I want to hear you do that one.
One, two, three, four.