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Triple Threat Outside Picking Drill


This is a variation on the classic Paul Gilbert picking drill in which the string changes are often double for emphasis. This causes a fluctuation between 16th and 16th-triplet note groups. I wanted to have some fun with these and make them less predictable than re-treading Paul exactly but not to the point where they would be too random or illogical to repeat or harmonise.

Intro to Triad Pairs


To accompany the above video lesson, here are the fretboard diagrams and tablature for the licks presented.

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...


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