String Skipping III

author: athlete1 date: 10/03/2007 category: guitar techniques
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What You Made Need To Know. String skips are fairly complex techniques to go through and you may not reach full speed for a few years, so the main thing you will need is determination. The other thing about string skips is that they are mostly alternate picking. You must be able to alternate pick well to be able to fully play the skips. It also helps to learn sweeps first so that you will be able to make the transition to strings, because the technique is similar. What You Need To See. To be able to grasp the concept of a skip you must be able to know what it sounds like. Look for Paul Gilbert for quality skips, which are what he is really famous as a shredder for doing. The Building Of A Skip. A skip can be designed off of many things. A simple way to write a skip that may not always sound right is to take scales and knock out several lines. This will give you a decent skip. For example, the Ionian scale:
E----------------------------5-7-8------|
B-----------------------5-7-8-----------|
G------------------4-5-7----------------|
D-------------4-5-7---------------------| (Then reverse)
A--------3-5-7--------------------------|
E---3-5-7-------------------------------|

could be:
E----------------------------5-7-8------|
B---------------------------------------|
G------------------4-5-7----------------|
D---------------------------------------|(Then reverse)
A--------3-5-7--------------------------|
E---------------------------------------|
As you can see if you played it, this does not sound very nice. Another way is to use different parts of guitar as building blocks. For example, this:
E------------------9-12-14--------------------|
B---------------------------------------------|
G-------9-11-14------------14-11-9------------|
D---------------------------------------------|
A--12-----------------------------------12----|
E---------------------------------------------|
is supported by the harmony:
G----9----|
D---------|
A---12----|
E---------|
This double should sound very rich and bell like. There are many other ways to build string skips, but since we have covered all we need for our exercises, we don't need to go over any more right now. The biggest thing is to experiment. Use what you know and test what you don't. Music theory knowledge will always help with building any music. The Basics. The picking that you will use will be alternate picking, almost always. You should also always try to choose the easiest way to fret the skip. A basic skip is:
E-----------------------------|
B-----------------------------|
G---------------11-12-16------|
D-----------------------------|
A---10-14-17------------------|
E-----------------------------|
     1  3  4     1  2  4
The numbers underneath are which fingers you use. Once you get quick with this you should try more complicated stuff like the earlier described skip:
E------------------9-12-14--------------------|
B---------------------------------------------|
G-------9-11-14------------14-11-9------------|
D---------------------------------------------|
A--12-----------------------------------12----|
E---------------------------------------------|
    3   1  2  4    1  3  4  4  2 1       3
I usually play this by instead of using my 3rd finger for the a string notes I use my fourth, but this is the proper way to play this. That's it! These are the basics. If you can play all of the above described you can play most skips. Just practice, practice, practice.
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