Bryan adds a third and more challenging picking pattern designed to get you more comfortable with building the machine-like repetition that is at the heart of flatpicking guitar.
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- I have one more exercise here,…to explore this picking pattern.…This is Picking Pattern Exercise Three,…I'll play it here at 80 beats a minute,…and then we'll talk about it a little bit.…(metronome ticks)…One, two, three,…go.…
Okay.…So, you can see,…if you've worked from Exercise One to Exercise Three,…that there is a lot more challenge in this.…In Exercise Two, we incorporated some string changes…and kinda looked at more use of upstrokes,…but still not breaking the pattern.…Even though we weren't playing every downstroke,…or every upstroke, we're still trusting,…and you'll notice if you were to,…again, print these out and write it down,…if you were to write on every downstroke…or every downbeat, every number note, a down arrow…and then an up for the and's,…you'll notice this pattern never breaks.…
And, so that's what we're trying…to build here with these exercises,…is build that trust, that muscle memory,…that sort of machine-like repetition, the automatic…that's at the heart of a lot of these grooves…and the heart of flat picking as a discipline.…
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- Holding the guitar
- Tuning the guitar
- Picking hand and fretting hand techniques
- Combining picking and fretting
- Practicing picking pattern exercises
- Changing chords and rhythm
- Playing traditional bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Right- and Left-Hand Fundamentals
3. Picking Pattern Exercises
4. Basic Rhythm and Chords
Rhythm and chords overview1m 26s
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 1
ArtistWorks and Next Steps1m 15s
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