Patterns in Octaves – 2 notes per stringPosted on Feb 17, 2009 in Lessons, Respect the Instrument | 1 comment
This time we take a look at one simple idea that is very useful in guitar playing. Group of four notes, two notes per string approach!
THE BASIC PATTERN
We begin with simple idea such as this:
In the first bar you see a simple idea. I pick this with down up down up strokes. I use palm muting to make it sound cool. Always experiment with muting!
If you ‘re new to this kind picking, or feel that you need some excercise. I suggest that you take a metronome and start repeating the first bar first slow and then go slightly faster and faster. Read my blog “How to Build up speed” for more ideas. On the second and third bar you see the same idea but played octave and two octaves higher. Practice and repeat. Important: practice with amp with little overdrive. Keep overdrive reasonable, if you only have little overdrive, you will hear your mistakes and problems easier. Play clean.
RISING IT UP WITH THE OCTAVES
Now we simply combine all three bars from previous excercise. Boom! A cool lick you can use to climb up three octaves in no time at all! But first you need to master this.
Put the metronome on again, repeat!
Random jumps between the octaves can make you strong! Improvise and go with the flow. Repeat hard.
A FEW VARIATIONS
Very true! You can use these technicue to get down too. Just reverse the order of the notes. For a change, we have slightly different note on this excercise. Dig in!
This variation utilizes some string skipping. I’m sure if you take some time, you can come up with even cooler lick than this one.
All samples are in tempo of 120 bpm.
Next time some more ideas on how to practice this. And how I use this in creating music.
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