Fast Food Chops

author: sidereal9 date: 04/09/2012 category: guitar techniques
rating: 9.5 / votes: 6 
If you are like me and live a busy lifestyle with work and family, or whatever you may have going on in your life, it may not always be possible to do a full practice session focusing on each technique individually. Below is a short little piece that you can loop and repeat for as long ass you like. It covers quite a few techniques while also sounding musical. A few minutes of this a day will suit you better than not doing anything at all. It covers alternate picking, sweeping, string skipping and hammer-on pull offs. Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Untitled' Tempo Q=110 4/4 Gtr I
  S S S S S  S S  S S S S S  S S S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S S  S  S S  S  S S
|-------------------------7h12p7---14-12-10----------12p10p8---------12-10-8-
|-------8---12---10-8---8--------8----------14-12-10---------12p10p8---------
|-----7--------7------7------------------------------------------------------
|-7-9-----7------------------------------------------------------------------
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  v ^ ^ ^ v ^  v ^  v ^ ^ ^      ^  ^  v ^  v  ^  v  ^       ^        ^  v ^
Begin this example on an upstroke ( indicated by the v, downstrokes are shown with a ^) followed by a short sweep. Next up is a quick hammer pull followed with an economy pick from the b string to the e string before resuming the alternate picking. Some legato hammer and pulls follows the alternate picking. The exercise ends using alternate picked string skipping.
  S S S  S  S  S  S S S
|--------------------------|
|--------12-10-8-----------|
|-11-9-7-------------------|
|----------------10-9-7----|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
 
  v  ^ v  ^ v  ^ v ^ V
The suggested tempo is 110. If you are already comfortable with these concepts at that speed then increase the tempo. If the tempo is to fast for you drop it to 90 or even 80 if needed and begin working it up to speed.The pulse of this example is steady 16th notes.
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