Month of Shred Week 2: The Dogma of Dexterity

This week we are going to introduce the next section of the etude, which will be looking at our picking and sweep picking techniques.

Month of Shred Week 2: The Dogma of Dexterity
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I hope you've been practicing last week's piece!

This week we are going to introduce the next section of the etude, which will be looking at our picking and sweep picking techniques:







Bar 9 (we'll count bars across the entire etude rather than week by week) starts off with picking on the D string, then goes into an E minor arpeggio. We then change the rhythm from straight semi quavers to triplet quavers, so watch out for that! In bar 10 we use the same E minor arpeggio to go back to the E on the D string.

In bar 11, we have a few arpeggios, followed by returning to the E on the D string.

Here are diagrams for the three arpeggio shapes we use in bar 11:

F major 7:


C major:


E minor:


For this last arpeggio we have to roll our first finger, so watch out for that.

So there we have it - part 2 of our etude! Again, work out where your fingers are going then practice it to a metronome, and then add in last week's part and see if you can play them together!

If you want to learn more about the modes of the major scale and how they work, you can check out my free eBook here, which will give you a thorough grounding in these scales and the theory behind them, so that you can use your entire guitar neck and have more freedom and expression in your playing.

By Sam Russell

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