#1
Does anyone have any awesome string skipping exercises that would be good for practice?
#3
sweet child o' mine by guns n' roses {intro riff} is a string skipping exercise and you'll know if your doin it right cuz i assume u no how it sounds
#7
the bridge in scarified.
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the first arpeggio of glass prison
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---------------------------------------------------7-11-8-11----------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------7-10-8-10-------------------------------7-10-8-10--------------------------------
-----------8-11-9-11---------------------8-11-9-11--------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------7-10-9-10-------------------------------7-10-9-10---------------------7-10-9-10------------
-7-10-9-10-----------------------------------------------------------------------7-10-9-10----------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7-11-8-11--


An exercise I made up/used in E harmonic minor.
#10
seems like alot of u like dream theater.Avedas that run is awesome.why is it that there arent really any threads on this though
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seems like alot of u like dream theater.Avedas that run is awesome.why is it that there arent really any threads on this though


Loads of Paul Gilbert songs have string skipping by the tonne; check out Racer X, Mr Big and his solo albums. Scarified by Racer X is the most famous example.
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e---------------------10--12--14--12--10---------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
G------11--12--14---------------------------14--12--11------
D--12-------------------------------------------------------------


Some paulo gilberto there.
#13
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the bridge in scarified.


This one, for sure. Gilbert has some great videos on string skipping.
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aint talkin bout love riff
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#16
practice scit scat wah by racer x
that one is really good practice... then try move onto pretty much any solo by symphony x... michael romeo's string skips are what you want to nail.. trust me...
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practice scit scat wah by racer x
that one is really good practice... then try move onto pretty much any solo by symphony x... michael romeo's string skips are what you want to nail.. trust me...


Maybe but maybe not; Michael Romoes string-skipping-tapping stuff is good to learn but the technique required is radically different to the Petrucci/Gilbert style string skipping, the legato/tapping puts a whole different spin on the muting issue involved in it.
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Maybe but maybe not; Michael Romoes string-skipping-tapping stuff is good to learn but the technique required is radically different to the Petrucci/Gilbert style string skipping, the legato/tapping puts a whole different spin on the muting issue involved in it.


This is true. What Zaphod's trying to say here is, it's very fucking hard.
#19
After I posted this I created some string skips of my own to practice I dont know how good they are but I anyone would like to see them I could post them
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After I posted this I created some string skips of my own to practice I dont know how good they are but I anyone would like to see them I could post them


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#21
well theres this one...5 notes per beat

e|-------------------------------------------------
b|------------------------------------------------
g|--------------------------------------------91012109-
d|----------------91012109------------------------------
a|-----------------------------121081012-----------------
e|-121081012----------------------------------------------


then....6 notes per beat
e|-8------------------------------------------------
b|------------------8------------------------------
g|---121081012-----------------9-------------------------
d|--------------------121091012--------------------------
a|------------------------------------121081012----------
e|-----------------------------------------------


and this cool sounding pentatonic

e|------------------------------------------------------------------
b|--------------------------------------------------101310-------
g|-------------------------------101210--------------------------
d|-----------101210--------------------121012---------------
a|---------------------121012-----------------------------------
e|-131013--------------------------------------------------------
#22
I already have something that's basically the same as the first one but the second and third ones are nice ideas; I'll have to learn those
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#23
thanks I made about 11 exercises Im trying to remember them all off the top of my head right now.also try 4 note chromatics skipping strings its pretty cool.
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thanks I made about 11 exercises Im trying to remember them all off the top of my head right now.also try 4 note chromatics skipping strings its pretty cool.


Yeah, thats one of my favourite warmup things; if I can do string-skipping chromatics going down the neck at speed I know I'm warmed up.
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so how fast do you go and know youre warmed up do u top out or just get the movement flowing?
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so how fast do you go and know youre warmed up do u top out or just get the movement flowing?


Generally my top speed at the minute is in 16ths at about 175-180bpm, I think I can push 185 on a good day but that doesn't happen too often right now. I don't use a metronome too much at the minute, my metronome use is very sporadic; I tend to use a metronome for a few weeks at a time then get bored and just play along to songs (i.e. shred badly over the top) until I start thinking about hitting the old metronome again.

I'm in a free-time kick at the minute so I just do it until I feel like I'm warmed up
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#27
Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but why not try the very first riff of the song Universal Minds by Liquid Tension Experiment.

Slow it down at the beginning of course and slowly work your way up to the original speed (Some crazy tempo...about 160bpm I believe). It's a pretty simple riff but quite difficult to play at full speed.
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Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but why not try the very first riff of the song Universal Minds by Liquid Tension Experiment.

Slow it down at the beginning of course and slowly work your way up to the original speed (Some crazy tempo...about 160bpm I believe). It's a pretty simple riff but quite difficult to play at full speed.


Because it's fucking hard. Your index and middle finger better be warmed up good.
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Quote by Avedas
Because it's fucking hard. Your index and middle finger better be warmed up good.


That's not how I play it...I think it's alot easier if you play it like this...
Here's the riff...
x3
e|-----17-11--------------11-17-11--------------------------------11--------|-----------------
b|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-|-----------------
g|--------------15-14-15--------------15-14--------------14-15-------------|-----------------
d|------------------------------------------------15-14-15----------------------|-----------------
a|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-|-----------------
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|-----------------

All notes are sixteenths by the way.

Keep your index on 11 and use your pinky to pull off the 17 then use your ring and middle finger to hit the 15 and 14 respectively. Pick the 11 that your index finger should still be on hammer on the 17 then repeat. If you start off slow and slowly work your way up you can hit the full tempo (160bpm) no problem.
#31
If you want to try string skipping in the context of riffs rather than solos, check out Necrophagist. Muhammad's riffs are full of string skipping, and they've really improved my technique.
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#32
There's a warm-up technique in Petrucci's Rock Discipline that's good for it.

|--------------5-8--------------|
|----------5---------5----------|
|------6-----6-----6-----6------|
|--7-----7-------------7-----7--|
|----7---------------------7----|
|5-----------------------------5|


Move up in minor thirds (3 semitones).
Using a metronome, play each note with the following values - crotchet, quaver, triplet, semiquaver.
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That's not how I play it...I think it's alot easier if you play it like this...
Here's the riff...
x3
e|-----17-11--------------11-17-11--------------------------------11--------|-----------------
b|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-|-----------------
g|--------------15-14-15--------------15-14--------------14-15-------------|-----------------
d|------------------------------------------------15-14-15----------------------|-----------------
a|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-|-----------------
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|-----------------

All notes are sixteenths by the way.

Keep your index on 11 and use your pinky to pull off the 17 then use your ring and middle finger to hit the 15 and 14 respectively. Pick the 11 that your index finger should still be on hammer on the 17 then repeat. If you start off slow and slowly work your way up you can hit the full tempo (160bpm) no problem.


Using your index and middle for the bolded parts is not only more efficient, it's how John plays it.

It's also naturally easier for your muscles to do that.
#34
Where can I get Petruccis solo album?Our Fye here where I live doesnt carry anything that good.They barely have any Dream Theater let alone anything "shred".
#36
i would trie glasgow kiss by john petrucci , its not string skipping ALL the time but there are a few nice ones and it will certainly help you improove your finger technique for string skipping , also it sounds very nice imho
#37
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e---------------------10--12--14--12--10---------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
G------11--12--14---------------------------14--12--11------
D--12-------------------------------------------------------------


Some paulo gilberto there.


e----------------------9--12--16--12--10---------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------9--11--16---------------------------16--12--9-------
D--12-------------------------------------------------------------

This a much cooler (stretch, too) string skip from PG, as well.
#38
I will have to try that PG one although the stretch will taking getting used to especially that 9 11 16 that will be a challenge