String Skip­ping

Don’t be a chicken. Beef up your chops with Andy Saphir’s string skip­ping licks and you’ll be able to make mince­meat of your con­tem­po­raries!

Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

In thIs month’s Chops shop we’re con­tin­u­ing with the string skip­ping tech­nique, only this time in­cor­po­rat­ing ex­er­cises in­volv­ing six-string chord skip­ping ideas, as well as intervallic con­cepts such as 6ths and 10ths. As seen in last month’s les­son, string skip­ping can present some tech­ni­cal chal­lenges with both the fret­ting and the pick­ing hand, so a con­sid­ered ap­proach is nec­es­sary. In all of the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples, I sug­gest al­ter­nate pick­ing through­out, but if you feel more com­fort­able us­ing an­other ap­proach that’s fine, as long as it’s not hap­haz­ard, and you con­sider what might be ap­pro­pri­ate for each of th­ese ex­er­cises, and ul­ti­mately your own licks. For best re­sults they should all be played at a slow tempo at first, and with a metronome.

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