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Speed Shapes for Augmented Triads

 

The augmented triad evokes a mysterious and harmonically suspended sound with its construction of root note, major 3rd and augmented (raised) 5th intervals. Occurring naturally from the III degree of the harmonised harmonic minor and melodic minor scales and from each degree of the whole tone scale, augmented triads can be found ....

Sweep Into Speed Shapes

 

Many guitarists learn the location of chord tones within the CAGED system, a method of visualising and zoning the fretboard according to the open chord shapes of C Major, A Major, G Major, E Major and D Major and the location of the root notes of each. In the diagrams below, the black dots indicate the A Major triad notes within each of the CAGED A Major scale patterns...

 

What's In A Sweep? How to get started with sweep picking.

 

As you probably know, sweep picking is the technique of playing multiple notes with the same pick stroke. However, incorporating the rest stroke is the difference between a real sweep and a series of free strokes....

 

Sweep picking in a rock-fusion context

 

Seventh arpeggios with some syncopation thrown in for good measure work an absolute treat over funk/fusion grooves. Here, I'm playing along with Example 10e from the new book, "Sweep Picking Speed Strategies for Guitar", which uses m7, m7b5, 7 and maj7 arpeggios with a kind of Latin flavour....

Ar-Paul-ggios From Hell

 

Paul Gilbert

 

String Skipping Arpeggios? What are they?  Well, as an alternative to sweep picking, Paul Gilbert very cleverly figured out that a great way to sequence 3 and 4 string arpeggios was to remove the note from the 2nd string of a typical sweep-picking pattern and relocate the same note to the 3rd string, so that an E major for instance that might normally be played like thi...

Minute Licks #9 - two string shred in the style of vinnie moore, paul gilbert and michael angelo bat

 

 

I used to do a LOT of these kind of licks in my teens, so it's been fun reconnecting with that youthful vibe lately with my new Ibanez guitar. Here's a lick in the style of Vinnie, Pablo, Michael Angelo and other 3 note per string, dual pick slanting monsters..

Minute Licks #8: Alternate Picking Triad Etude

 

 

I love sweep-picking for arpeggios, but for a tight, well-timed feel it's hard to ignore pure alternate picking, especially for smaller triads that incorporate some scale notes...

Minute Licks #7: Advanced Pedal Tone Lick

 

 

Going back to it's origins as an organ technique (see: J.S. Bach), a pedal tone was a static or repeated bass note that remained constant (from the pedals) whilst other more directional melodies or harmony occurred on the rest of the instrument. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor is arguably one of the best known examples of this device...

Minute Licks #6: Seconds Sequences with alternate and downpicking

 

Let's keep the Vinnie Moore streak going with this 2nds sequence. Vinnie often uses ascending sequences in a downward direction, e.g playing a diatonic 2nd interval from C# to D, then down to a B then up to the C# and so on...

Minute Licks #5: Vinnie Moore style Pedal tone lick

 

Here's a pedal-tone picking lick in the style of Vinnie Moore, particularly on his first two albums, Mind's Eye (1986, Shrapnel Records) and Tome Odyssey (1988, Squawk Records)....

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