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!
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.