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Rock Guitar Lessons: String Skipping 3

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[MUSIC]
It's time for 2-2-1.
So, you have two notes on a string, two
notes on a string, and
one note on a string.
Using the example we have been working
with which is E minor triads.
[MUSIC]
We have two.
[MUSIC]
Two.
[MUSIC]
And one.
[MUSIC].
Now, we have already practised this
technique using pentatonic notes where you
did this 2-2-1 down here.
[MUSIC]
Er, two.
[MUSIC]
Two.
[MUSIC]
And one.
[MUSIC]
And that's a great lick.
And the lick we're going to do up here is
going to feel exactly the same.
I know cuz I'm playing it, and
it just feels like my hands are doing
identical things.
[MUSIC]
But because of the string skip, and
a slightly wider stretch, we're getting
different notes.
Instead of getting those from pentatonic,
we're getting those from an E minor triad.
This is pretty impressive.
So let's take a look at what the notes
are.
We have familiar two notes.
[SOUND] The third and a root.
[SOUND] Then we go down to the G string.
And also we played these in a previous,
previous example.
[SOUND] Those two notes.
[SOUND] Using our pinky to get those.
[SOUND] And then, I'm already kind of line
up from my second finger.
[SOUND] To play our brand-new note, the
root.
[SOUND] That low root E.
So, this is a great exercise also for the
left hand because we're using different
fingers to alternate between our first
finger.
So, we've got the third finger.
[SOUND] Doing a pull off.
Then the pinky doing a pull off.
[SOUND] And then the second finger.
[SOUND] So.
[SOUND] Now just like the, the pattern
down here.
[SOUND] The picking is the same.
We've already practiced this, so it should
come pretty easily to you.
And it is a pretty easy picking pattern
anyway.
It's three downs strokes.
I like that.
[SOUND] Down, down, down.
Right on the down beats.
Down, down, down.
[SOUND] All right, I know you can do that.
So the main thing is to aim them, because
we are skipping over the B strings.
We're not going to play that.
We're going to aim at the high E string.
[SOUND] The G string.
[SOUND] And the D string.
[SOUND] One, three, and four in terms of
strings.
[SOUND] All right, I know you've got that.
So the, the first part that might be a
little tricky is the transition to
the next note, because that's an upstroke.
We got in the habit of doing downs.
[SOUND] But suddenly we have to throw in.
[SOUND] That upstroke.
[SOUND] We've done a lot of work with that
technique, so
I think it's going to come easily to you.
[SOUND] Let's slow it down a little bit,
just to that part.
Cuz we are getting use to it, a new
fingering here, with a second finger.
So let's really get use to it if we are
practicing that much of it.
Three, four.
[SOUND] Down, down, down,up.
Down, down, down, up.
[SOUND] Down, down, down, up.
Down, down, down, up.
[SOUND] And obviously, the pull off is
driving it,
one of, or a couple of those notes.
[SOUND] That's a pull off.
[SOUND] That's a pull off.
[SOUND] And that's a pick note.
So, it's a a combination again,
of using both your hands to balance what's
going to be a very fast lick very soon.
So it, it's your sort of spreading out the
work between the two hands.
[SOUND] All right, and before we go on,
actually let's see if you can speed that
up.
Cuz it's, I like to take a section at a
time and make it really confident.
Let's make it a little bit faster.
A one, two, three, four.
[SOUND] And maybe even take off that last
note.
Just do the downs.
[SOUND] That sounds good.
Let's see how quick you can get it.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] That's a pretty awesome lick.
Let me get that last note.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's really cool, I really like that.
All right, now we'll add the upstroke
after it.
Slow it down a little bit so we can get
used to it.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Just see how quickly you can get it.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND]
All right.
That's the trick, is just to practice
these over and
over till they feel really comfortable.
And, let's keep adding notes onto this.
We're going to add a hammer on.
[SOUND] That's a note for free, courtesy
of our left hand.
[SOUND] Then we do an upstroke.
[SOUND] On the E.
Again, all these patterns you've done
before when you were doing.
[SOUND] Down here.
[SOUND] You can hear the rhythm is the
same.
[SOUND] Same picking.
[SOUND] So you may not even need to go
through all these, all these details.
But I think it's good to anyway, because
it will, it will develop our ear,
getting it really used to the sound.
[SOUND] Of doing this whole thing.
So let's try that with a stop.
Three, four.
[SOUND] Excellent.
[SOUND] So the listener knows right where
the ending is.
We're having a really good ending on that.
[SOUND] We know where we're ending.
[SOUND] All right, let's loop it.
[SOUND] All right, we're
getting some nice notes there.
No string noise.
And I'm playing pretty loud.
But, let's also try to play it quietly.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's really gonna test out your ability
to mute those strings that we don't wanna
play.
And having a strong left hand with being
able to control the dynamics at
the same time.
That's really gonna test out and make sure
your technique is top notch.
[MUSIC]
Yeah, that's gonna be nice.
All right so, of course, I'm curious to
see how fast we can get this thing.
So let's, let's let's do sections first.
We'll do a stop, but we're going to go for
some speed.
A one, two, three, four.
[SOUND]
Loop it.
[SOUND]
Those are some burning triads!
Let me see if I can get even a little
faster, I'm just gonna test the limit,
see how far I can go before it starts
falling apart.
Let's see.
[SOUND] I think that's about my limit
today.
But, it sounds good, slow too, you know?
[SOUND] Those are nice notes, so
they don't necessarily have to be maximum
tempo to work.
Triads are a really powerful sound.
[SOUND] And triads are just three notes.
Basically it's just the root.
[SOUND] The third.
[SOUND] The fifth.
[SOUND] And we're just doing them in
different order.
So we have three, one.
[SOUND] And I'm doing intervals now.
The third.
[SOUND] The root.
[SOUND] The fifth.
[SOUND] The third again, an octave lower.
[SOUND] And the root down here.
[SOUND] So, even though there's five
notes,
we're actually repeating some in different
octaves.
So, there's really only three different
notes.
[MUSIC]
Great to phrase with this.
[MUSIC]
Not just a fast lick, but
you can do melodies you know?
[MUSIC]
All right.
So, have a great time with this string
stripping lick.
This is one of my favorites.
You'll hear it in a lot of solos I've done
in the past with Mr. Big and Racer X.
And this is one of my best inventions and
I give it to you.
And I'd love to hear you play it.
And I'd love to hear you play it really,
really quiet and
really super loud and being able to do a
gradual change in between.
Give me a nice one, two, three, four at
the beginning, so I know where one is,
and make it sound great.
All right.
I can't wait to hear you.
Thank you.
[MUSIC]
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[MUSIC]
Loop it.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
A one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Loop it.
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