CHOPS SHOP

This is­sue Andy Saphir con­tin­ues in his quest to beef up your al­ter­nate pick­ing chops with prime cuts of ‘wid­dly did­dly’ and ‘twid­dly dee’.

Guitar Techniques - - Learning Zone -

Andy Saphir wants to im­prove your chops, this month he looks at ‘wid­dly’ sex­tu­plets.

For this les­son our ex­er­cises in­cor­po­rate 16ths and sex­tu­plets. The dif­fi­culty with this is that you have to get three or six 16th notes into one beat, as op­posed to four, which will nat­u­rally get harder to do as the tempo rises. Think­ing of the phrase, ‘wid­dly did­dly’ for each beat will help you to get the sex­tu­plet rhythm right. Use a metronome and warm up by play­ing the ex­er­cises slowly at first, and follow the pick­ing di­rec­tions care­fully. Treat the les­son as an ex­er­cise then ap­ply the ideas to other licks or shapes you al­ready play.

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