Tech­nique Fo­cus Pick­ing

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY BLUES & ROCK -

Joe is a for­mi­da­ble al­ter­nate picker, calling to mind Eric John­son with some of his blis­ter­ing Pen­ta­tonic runs. As you’ll see look­ing over the ex­am­ples, these are of­ten built around two-notes-per-string over­lap­ping and re­peated pat­terns. These are best prac­tised slowly and boldly, with­out any at­tempt at speed­ing up un­til you can play through them with­out look­ing con­stantly at the fret­board. keep your at­ten­tion on econ­omy in mo­tion on the pick­ing hand and a con­sis­tent pos­ture as you work across the strings. it’s sur­pris­ing how many tone is­sues can be sorted out this way, rather than feel­ing the need to mask them with more gain, or other ef­fects. Be pa­tient, and you can­not help but suc­ceed if you fol­low this pro­ce­dure.

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