Advanced Picking For Beginning Guitar Players

Hello, today we are going to have a look at a piece which uses double-time picking. Sounds complex? Do not worry as is fairly easy but sounds great in the meantime.

        Here is the picking pattern explained by only using open strings:

  E   ————0—————–0——————

  B  ——–0——————0—–0—————

  G   —0——————0————-0———–

  D  -0—————–0———————0——-

  A  —————————————————

  E  —————————————————

                                                                             Count this pattern as follows:

      1  and  2  and   3   and  e  4 iee an  de

  Notice, as you count,  that from the end of beat 3 the pace starts to pick up, it is actually played with double timing. The counting I put here will help you to keep track where you are in the bar.

        Here are the actual chordshapes for the piece, use the picking pattern as suggested.  Play it only once  through as each chord is only played for one bar.  

         Cmaj.7     Cmaj7b      Am9     E5

   E  —–0———-0———-0——0——

   B  —–0———-0———-0——0——

   G  —–9———-9———-5——4——

   D  —-10———9———–7——2——

   A  ——————————————–

   E  ——————————————–

  N.B: Observe the second chord is a Slashchord, the C Root has changed for a B in the Bass.

  ~  The first chord is based on a E-shape Barrechord.

  ~  Third chord is the top part of your Em-shape barrechord.

  ~  The E chord is neither Major or Minor since is it a powerchord ( A chord which only has a Root and Fifth )

 Try to get  the picking a fluid as you can, first slowly then gradually speeding up the pace.

   Playing Tips:

# Develop the piece into a larger piece of music.

# Record the piece and add Basslines to the idea. Alternatively, create a melody for the piece.

# Create another harmonic picking pattern which weaves its way through the piece, in other words: Create a second harmonic guitar-part which works with the one I have given you here.

  Have Fun and let me know what you think of some of the ideas that you will find here.