Take a break. Let’s rock!
Let’s take a look at some relatively simple picking patterns that have are surprisingly challenging to play. We’ll start with the tried-and-true triplet groups in a scale. These sound like exercises because, well, they are exercises. But they’re also a fantastic laboratory to break down your picking motion. Let’s dig in!
In our ongoing exploration of picking patterns, it’s time to look at some variations. For the most part, the patterns we’ve looked at so far revolve around a three-notes-per-string mental approach. When we vary the number of notes played per string, it opens up some interesting sounds and picking motions.
In the last lesson, we started breaking picking patterns down to their basics and evaluated both alternate- and economy-picking strategies. While many of the patterns were circular, they had a decidedly ascending bent to them. In this lesson, we’ll do the same breakdown, but we’ll focus on descending patterns.
The vacuum tube is a quirky, outdated, expensive, fragile technology. Long after the solid-state transistor replaced the vacuum tube, tone-chasing electric guitarists still treasure these relics of a bygone era. While designers flirted with solid-state amps in the 70’s and 80’s, they didn’t have the same feel and tone as those funny old glass tubes. As always, the tube amp is still the king of tone.
Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lesson, Class Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…