Shred Guitar Lesson 06

author: JacobReedShred date: 03/25/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Shred Guitar Lesson 06
Hey guys. Sorry I haven't uploaded a new lesson in a while. I've been writing my demo, so that's why. In this lesson we will look at the 5th scalar pattern within the key of E minor. We will also look at string skipping in order to extend our legato and alternate picking techniques. Get ready. Get warmed up and we'll dive right in. First we will look at the 5th pattern in E minor so we can wrap our heads around the position we will be doing our exercises in. This scale is going to start on the 7th fret of the E-string on go all the way up to our root note E on the twelfth fret of the high e-string. Here is the scale:
e|------------------------------------8-10-12-12-10-8-----------------------|
B|----------------------------8-10-12-----------------12-10-8---------------|
G|---------------------7-9-11---------------------------------11-9-7--------|
D|--------------7-9-10-----------------------------------------------10-9-7-|
A|-------7-9-10-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|7-8-10--------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------|
B|--------------|
G|--------------|
D|--------------|
A|10-9-7--------|
E|-------10-8-7-|
So, there you have it. The 5th pattern. It is one of my favorites to play around with. Now, string skipping is exactly what it sounds like: you skip over a string. It is not that difficult of a technique to grasp and understand, but actually executing the technique and skipping the string can be difficult, especially when alternate picking. Be very careful when you skip strings. Make sure all the notes sound clean and even. Start slow. We are going to use alternate picking in these next few exercises, so you can warm up by looking at Lesson 02. This first exercise will be the very same scale from above, but we will do string skipping and end up at the same place we ended in the scale. Then we will just skip over strings until we get to the top of the scale again. It will sound a lot more impressive even though it is not a very creative idea. Here is the exercise:
e|--------------------------------------------------8-10-12-10-8--------|
B|-----------------------------------8-10-12----------------------------|
G|---------------------7-9-11----------------7-9-11--------------11-9-7-|
D|-------7-9-10---------------7-9-10------------------------------------|
A|--------------7-9-10--------------------------------------------------|
E|7-8-10----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|10-9-7----------|
E|-------10-8-7-7-|
Well, that was fun if I do say so. Just remember to very careful and keep the notes clean and even. Remember to use strict alternate picking on that exercise. Next we will look at another exercise within this scale. I think it sounds really cool and it's really fun to play. It is a repeating exercise, so repeat it as many times as you like. Here it is:
e|-----8-12-10-----------------------------|
B|-------------12-10-------------8-12-8----|
G|7-11----------------------------------11-|
D|-------------------10-9-7-9-10-----------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|
Hahaha! I love that exercise. It has such a weird sound to it. Now we are going to look at string skipping with the legato technique. If you need to warm up you can refer to Lesson 03. This next exercise will look boring at the beginning, but I'm going to throw a couple curve balls at you. Be sure to space out the notes and make them even and clear. Whenever you skip over a string you can pick the note on the new string then continue your legato. Here is the exercise:
e|----------------------------------8h10h12p10p8----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------12p10p8--------------------|
G|------------------------------7h9------------------------------7h9h11p9p7-|
D|-------7h9h10p9p7--------------------------------------10p9h10------------|
A|------------------10p9p7h9h10---------------------------------------------|
E|7h8h10--------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|12p10p8h10-|
B|-----------|
G|-----------|
D|-----------|
A|-----------|
E|-----------|
I told you there were some curve balls. You should be far enough along and used to legato that the exercise above should've came easy to you within a minute of trying to figure it out. If you fall under that category then congratulations! If not, you should keep practicing. The next thing we will look at is how to combine these two techniques into a single passage that is not only useful to combine them, but also one that will expand upon coordination, because that is what string skipping will do. It will improve your overall technique and coordination, therefore making you an even better guitarist. Here is the last exercise of the lesson: Have fun.
e|-----------------------------------------8-----12-10-8-12p10p8------10-|
B|--------------------------8h10h12p10p8---------------------------------|
G|11p9p7--------------------------------11---9p7-----------------11p9----|
D|-------------------7h9h10----------------------------------------------|
A|-------10-9-7-9-10-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------12-10-8-10-|
B|12p10p8---------------|
G|--------11------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|
When pulling-off from the 11th fret to the 9th fret on the G-string you should use fingers 1 and 3 in order to make it easier to hit that 10th fret on the high e-string. Go over these exercises slowly and you should get a lot better at your normal alternate picking and legato techniques. These lessons are going to build up your technique in order to shred like a master. Never forget your goal. Never give up. In the next lesson we will look at the 6th scalar pattern within E minor and we will look at string skipping with tapping, which will open up another large, double-door for you. It might come within a week or it might come within a month. I don't know when I will have time to write it, but until then keep on practicing. Until next time, see ya.
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