CHOPS SHOP

This is­sue Andy Saphir is go­ing to skip through his les­son, hop­ping from string to string in com­plete mu­si­cal aban­don, all to make you a bet­ter gui­tarist!

Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

Andy Saphir shows how string skip­ping can make you sound a whole lot classier.

In this month’s Chops shop we’re look­ing at the tech­nique of string skip­ping. this is a use­ful ap­proach that in­volves play­ing through non-con­sec­u­tive strings (for ex­am­ple, play­ing the fourth string di­rectly af­ter the sixth string, miss­ing out the fifth string). this can cre­ate some in­ter­est­ing lines that de­vi­ate from the more pre­dictable scalar types of phrases, thereby giv­ing you a more var­ied vo­cab­u­lary. string skip­ping can present some tech­ni­cal chal­lenges, both with the fret­ting hand and pick­ing hand, so a con­sid­ered tech­ni­cal ap­proach is nec­es­sary. In all of the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples, I’ve sug­gested al­ter­nate pick­ing through­out, but if you feel more com­fort­able us­ing an­other ap­proach that’s fine (hy­brid pick­ing works great for ob­vi­ous rea­sons), as long as you con­sider what might be ap­pro­pri­ate for each ex­er­cise and, ul­ti­mately, your own licks.

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