Getting Into String Skipping Licks

A cool and easy lick thats challenging and fun to play.

Getting Into String Skipping Licks
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In this lesson I would like to touch on some cool arpeggios based on string skipping and tapping.  The first passage is unique in shape and sound. This particular set here that I've tabbed out is outlined in the form of a G major 7. Spelled G, B, D, and F#. The first two notes on each string are played with the fretting hand, and the last of the "triad" or three note grouping is tapped with a finger of the picking hand. The beginning of each string is "hammered on from nowhere" so to speak.

To descend simply play the lick in reverse all tapped notes remain tapped but have a pull-off to the next note, and all hammered noted are changed to pull-offs.

H T
E----------------------------------------10--14--15------
B-------------------------H------T-----------------------
G-----------------------11--12---16----------------------
D------------H----T--------------------------------------
A--------10--14--17--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------
This next arpeggio outlines an E minor 7 triad for the first eight notes then ends on a high F#. This one is a little less difficult. The Em7 is spelled, E, G, B, and D.
H T
E-----------------------------------7--10--14------------
B-------------------------H--T---------------------------
G----------------------7--9--12--------------------------
D----------H----T----------------------------------------
A--------7--10--14---------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------
If either of the two is too challenging at first break them into two different parts. Try to strive for as little noise as possible in between string transitions (like from the A to the G) once you think your ready add the remaining string in to the mix, maybe even try skipping the middle one for additional finger dexterity.

Happy hunting and always remember patience is key to learning a lot of things on the guitar. Time, patience, and sure will always works for me. Additionally, this particular technique, although challenging, is a good one to throw into your "practice" routine. I have always hit a wall, though frustrated, have many other things to practice on and change gears to get my mind off something I happen to be struggling with at the time. I hope this lesson can be that for you in your days to come!

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    guitar/bass95
    On a glance this is way too advanced for "getting into" string skipping.
    henrihell
    Yep. And string skipping, at least for me, is way harder for the picking hand than the fretting hand. This is more of a tapping lesson.
    bradkossbk
    This isn't exactly a "Beginners Level" article, BUT it provides some theory or "method" to the madness. Just take out the Tapping part and go from there !!!