Introduction to Hammerons and Pulloffs Pt.2

Technique: Legato
Difficulty:
Beginner
Lesson Name:
Hammerons Pulloffs Pt.2


In the previous lesson, you learned how go up and down a 2 note-per-string pentatonic scale pattern using hammerons and pulloffs. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the legato technique to play a 3 note-per-string scale. In order for the third note of each string to ring out, you will have to train your left hand pinky to hammeron the note. At least 2 of every 3 notes on each string will be hammered-on.

Ex 1: For this example, you will pick the first note of each string, and then hammeron the other 2 notes. The second note will be played with either the index or middle finger (whichever is more comfortable for you), and the third note with the pinky. When you reach the second string, you will play 2 hammerons and 2 pulloffs (2 ascending and 2 descending).

Ex 2: In this example you will combine alternate picking with legato. Start by playing the first set of three notes using hammerons, and play the notes on the following string with alternate picking. Repeat.

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Finger-Picking Pattern #1

Technique: Finger-Picking Technique
Difficulty: Beginner
Lesson Name: Finger-Picking Pattern #1

This lesson will concentrate on a simple finger-picking pattern that is targeted towards beginner guitar players or players who have been playing for a while but are just getting started with finger-picking.

This pattern (first two measures) can be used as a warm up, or to practice right hand finger-picking fluidity. This pattern also makes a pretty nice rhythm part fit for jamming with friends or looping it (with a pedal or through a computer) and improvising over it (last four measures).

Here it is:

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Two Note-Per-String Seventh Chord Arpeggios Pt. 1

Technique: Alternate/Economy Picking
Difficulty: Intermediate
Lesson Name: Two Note-Per-String Seventh Chord Arpeggios Pt. 1

Seventh chords are made up of four notes. In this lesson, we will explore one of my favorite ways of playing an A Minor Seventh chord in two positions (root and first inversion) while limiting ourselves to playing two notes per string. When playing these exercises, feel free to either use alternate picking or economy picking (I use alternate picking myself).

To figure out the corresponding notes from a minor scale, we take the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th notes of the corresponding minor scale. For example, in the key of A Minor (A B C D E F G) the corresponding minor seventh chord would consist of the notes A (1) C (3) E (5) and G (7). Playing them one by one in order would create an A Minor Seventh arpeggio.

Here are some ways of playing an A Minor 7th arpeggio in a two note-per-string fashion:

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Introduction to Sweeping Pt.2

Technique: Sweeping
Difficulty: Intermediate
Lesson Name: Introduction to Sweeping Pt.2

In the previous lesson, you learned how to play a 3-string A minor sweep. In this lesson, you will learn how to play the arpeggio in 5 strings, or 2 octaves.

Ex 1: Starting at the 17th fret of the first string, pick the note with an upstroke and pull off to the 12th fret, continuing right away to upstroke the following 4 strings. Then, downstroke the low note(12th fret first string), hammer-on the 15th fret, and downstroke the following 4 strings. Play the last note with an upstroke.

Ex 2: In this example, you will play an A Major 5-string arpeggio. Follow the same instructions as the previous example.



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Octave Tapping and Double Tapping

Technique: Tapping
Difficulty:
Intermediate-Advanced
Lesson name:
Octave Tapping and Double Tapping

By shifting positions while tapping, you can play a sequence of notes in different octaves and extend the range of your licks. The following exercise will require the index and pinky of your right hand and the index finger of your left hand for tapping.

Ex 1: Tap the 5th fret with your index finger, hammer-on the 8th fret with your pinky, and then tap the 12th fret with your right index finger. Repeat this pattern on the fourth string. Play the lick in reverse order.


Ex 2: In this example, the sequence of notes is extended to 2 octaves, and the high note is double tapped. To double tap means to tap a note and pulloff to the following note twice, and is usually done very fast.

 


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Introduction to Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Pt.1

Technique: Legato
Difficulty: Beginner
Lesson #2: Hammerons Pulloffs


Hammerons and Pulloffs are a way of going from one note to the next without having to pick the landing note. This musical term for this technique is legato.
Hammerons can be achieved by tapping down the following note with your fretting hand without picking it, and pulloffs by plucking the string down with the fretting finger used last.

Ex 1: Fret the 5th fret of the first string with your index finger, and after picking the note, hammer-on the 8th fret using your pinky. Repeat for each string.



Ex 2: Play this descending/ascending scale pattern by picking the first note of each string, and using pull-offs to land on the second note.

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Seventh Chord Arpeggios Pt. 2

Technique: Sweeping and Economy Picking
Difficulty: Advanced
Lesson Name: Seventh Chord Sweep Arpeggios Pt. 2

Seventh chords are made up of four notes.

To figure out the corresponding diminished seventh chords for a specific harmonic minor scale, we take the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th notes of the corresponding harmonic minor scale. For example, in the key of A Harmonic Minor (A B C D E F G#) the corresponding diminished chord would be B Diminished Seventh Chord, consisting of the notes B (2) D(4) F(6) G#(7). Playing them one by one in order would create a diminished arpeggio.

To figure out the corresponding augmented seventh chords for a specific harmonic minor scale, we take the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th notes of the corresponding harmonic minor scale. In the key of A Harmonic Major Minor (A B C D E F G#) the notes constructing a C Augmented Major Seventh chord would be C (3) E(5) G#(7) and B (9).

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