Guitar Lesson 36: Right hand techniques – rhythm, arpeggiating, hybrid, economy and sweep picking

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Guitar Lesson 36: Right hand techniques – rhythm, arpeggiating, hybrid, economy and sweep picking

In guitar lesson 36, we focus fully on the right hand rhythmic and lead picking techniques.  We start by looking at how you can arpeggiate chords interestingly using the pick, briefly in the style of Green Day and Guns ‘n’ Roses.  We also look at a mix of pick and fingers.  In the second half of the lesson we get technical and revisit economy and sweep-picking.  A bit of an advanced lesson – if you’d like any tabs, then get in touch.

Main timings:

00:03:48 Review of the pick ‘n’ fingers (Guthrie Govan) exercise from an earlier episode
00:04:43 Review Dan’s crosspicking exercise idea from episode 35: D D U D D U D U
00:05:14 Discussion of the merits of ability to play with a pick or fingerstyle
00:06:44 The question of whether to experiment using a thumbpick
00:07:28 Green Day type demonstration of Dan’s preferred style of picking chords
00:10:52 Chet Atkins style jam
00:11:34 Dan’s rule or hack for arpeggiating anything
00:12:51 Use a pick to string skip pick arpeggios in chords D(a) D(d) U(g) D(d) U(b) U(g) D(d) U(e)
00:14:32 Picking the same strings as the previous exercise but using pick ‘n’ fingers
00:15:15 Picking and fingers instruction P P 2 P 3 2 P 3
00:16:22 Paradise City picking discussion
00:18:27 Economy picking recap and revision
00:25:06 Sweep-picking revisited with some suggestions, advice and observations


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