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Old 03-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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picking pattern for this lick

This rapid fire lick from fade to black is giving me trouble. I am sure I am not the
only beginner/intermediate who has faced this one.

Would it be down on the first and then continue to (sweep) up from there on?

|-------7----------------7----------------7---------------|
|----------10p7-----------10p7------------10p7--------|
|-9b11-----------9b11------------9b11-----------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------| ...repeat
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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What a coincidence, I'm having trouble too on the same song.. I believe, although I could be wrong, that you down pick the bend then sweep up the next two strings then down pick again. If I'm wrong can someone correct me, I've been having trouble with this 'technique' for a year or 2 now (With different songs too).
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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I'd play it

Down, up, up x3
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:32 PM   #4
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I play that how I expect someone like Paul Gilbert would play it: Down on the G string, up on the e, down on the B.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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Another way of doing it, and probably what I'd do if I ever used that lick in my own playing, would be to go:

down, hybrid pick with the middle, down *repeat*

Personally I find the string skip a little more manageable that way but really the picking isn't a huge issue at that kind of speed as long as you're not doing something entirely stupid.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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Either Snake's or Junior's method is fine...whichever you're comfortable with and suits the speed you wish to play it at. Pick attack will be slightly different using each method, but neither is wrong.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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I usually tackle this lick this way:

down(on the 9 bend), up (on the 7), down(on the 10 and pull off to 7), down(on the 9 bend), repeat... [down, up, down9pull off), down, up, down(pull off), down...]
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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I am curious why it's not a better idea to down on the bend then up, up.. repeat, instead of alternate picking? I found that most comfortable. That way you don't have to waste energy with picking in different directions and it flows better. Individual preference or do you get a cleaner sound with a certain method? Or maybe as zaphod states, if I read correctly, the real difficulty is not the picking but rather the left hand technique. I'd rather do something that is more difficult at first -- and ultimately doable -- to end up with a better end product.
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^it isnt that its not a better idea to do it that way. picking techniques vary alot and the way you pick certain licks depends on the sound you want and how comfortable it is for you. I personally never the up-up-down style because it sounds too fluid for my own style(its a sweep picking sound), I like the up-down-down style because to me it sounds more aggressive and I feel more comfortable with it in this lick. its all up to sound and comfort.
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Yeah, it's all preference at that point. Depends on what kind of pick attack and feel you're going for. Each method lends itself differently to a given rhythmic feel.
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