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Todd Simpson
post Jun 30 2018, 10:29 PM
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QUICK LICKS #34 Left Hand Tapping / Hammering
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In this piece we are using ONLY OUR LEFT HAND to create all of the sound. This means you will need to use your finger power to create the strikes for all the notes. So put your guitar pick down, use your picking hand to mute all the strings as i'm doing in the video. You will use your fretting hand to strike every single note. If you lack finger power, this drill will show you where your weak spots are and give you a chance to fix them.

Being able to play this lick will open up an entire range of abilities that you didn't know you even had. Once you get the hang of it, wads of licks that require left hand power will seem like child's play. It's well worth it to get a handle on this type of thing. It can elevate your playing in ways you never thought possible.

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*NOTE: Try the same right hand muting trick that I'm using here.

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This is a stand alone drill/lick. It's meant to be played by itself as it's not really a scale. It's for working up your finger power on your fretting hand!
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Please let me know if you have any questions about this lick, send me a PM if you like or post here. I'm happy to help!

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post Jul 1 2018, 09:19 PM
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Hello Todd,

Here is take 1 for assessment/critique. I did a bit of a quick noodle at the end a bit quicker and not the exact exercise, to see if it gives you a better picture of weak spots along with the actual exercise.

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post Jul 2 2018, 06:43 AM
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You start off pretty strong! When you speed up it gets a bit sticky. I'd say try to split it up. Try to focus on the first 16 notes only. Thats about half of the lick. If you can get that, then it's just a bit more climb back up. The B string on the descent is just a repeating set of 3 notes so that's not to rough. It's starting on a hammer on that throws most folks. I gotta give you props for being first out of the gate!!!!!! Well done there smile.gif

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Hello Todd,

Here is take 1 for assessment/critique. I did a bit of a quick noodle at the end a bit quicker and not the exact exercise, to see if it gives you a better picture of weak spots along with the actual exercise.

Cheers buddy.

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post Jul 2 2018, 07:27 AM
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The bit where I speed up isn't actually the lesson buddy, I was just noodling wink.gif

Another take coming soon, it seems that it just needs more time as you didn't point out a particular weak point.

Cheers buddy

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You start off pretty strong! When you speed up it gets a bit sticky. I'd say try to split it up. Try to focus on the first 16 notes only. Thats about half of the lick. If you can get that, then it's just a bit more climb back up. The B string on the descent is just a repeating set of 3 notes so that's not to rough. It's starting on a hammer on that throws most folks. I gotta give you props for being first out of the gate!!!!!! Well done there smile.gif

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 2 2018, 06:27 AM) *
The bit where I speed up isn't actually the lesson buddy, I was just noodling wink.gif

Another take coming soon, it seems that it just needs more time as you didn't point out a particular weak point.

Cheers buddy



Hi Phil I was just roaming around the forum and happened across this. Check the fretting of your little finger, it needs a bit more of a stretch some times it's coming down on the previous fret rather than right behind the correct fret. This is what is giving some of the notes that aren't as clear as they should be.


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The noodling was cool smile.gif It was close to the drill so I thought it was a speed up. But yeah, you are on the right track. Just need a bit more repetition. Like I said in the last chunk, try to split this thing in to smaller groups of notes and then recombine them. Smaller bits are often easier to tackle than larger bits. But honestly I's say you are ready to make a final take. You've got the lick down it seems. Playing it fast doesn't get any extra points.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 2 2018, 02:27 AM) *
The bit where I speed up isn't actually the lesson buddy, I was just noodling wink.gif

Another take coming soon, it seems that it just needs more time as you didn't point out a particular weak point.

Cheers buddy


He's fretting the right note by the sound of it but he is very close to the fret itself which often creates a buzzy note instead of a clean note so yeah, a bit more of a pinky stretch would sort it. Hopefully with just a few more repetitions, the finger thing will sort itself out. But the more feedback the better!!!!!

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Hi Phil I was just roaming around the forum and happened across this. Check the fretting of your little finger, it needs a bit more of a stretch some times it's coming down on the previous fret rather than right behind the correct fret. This is what is giving some of the notes that aren't as clear as they should be.
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Thanks Todd and thanks P.Boy for taking the time to have a look and comment wink.gif

Here's another go, Reaper had a glitch at about 00:43, it kinda froze and it did the same in-between the two noodles hence the gap in the sound, I had to split the sound file to sync it rolleyes.gif

Got a blister on my little finger from this one laugh.gif

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post Jul 3 2018, 02:12 AM
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THAT'S IT!!!! You are getting the swing of this! You could use just a pinch more work on getting each note to sound individually, but that will come with time. What I wanted for this is to get you guys to use your fretting hand to make notes. Just that one skill can help in a tremendous way in terms of everything you play. Picking becomes a tone choice when you can make all the notes you want with your fretting hand.
Try to use this approach on other scales. Really, on any pattern of any kind, even chromatic shapes. It will help you to be able to rely less on your picking and if you miss a pick strike during a lick, it won't matter as you fretting hand is strong enough to make it happen!
The fifth fret note on the High E is one of the toughest bits and you get it. Take this lesson to heart and repeat it often! You will just keep getting better and better. For now you've got it! You are ready to move on, you have ...
LEVELED UP!!!!!!
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 2 2018, 04:06 PM) *
Thanks Todd and thanks P.Boy for taking the time to have a look and comment wink.gif

Here's another go, Reaper had a glitch at about 00:43, it kinda froze and it did the same in-between the two noodles hence the gap in the sound, I had to split the sound file to sync it rolleyes.gif

Got a blister on my little finger from this one laugh.gif

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https://youtu.be/Qex9uWtBDoo
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Thanks Todd,

Back to #33 tomorrow. Half time in England/Columbia at the moment.

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post Jul 4 2018, 04:54 PM
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Looking foward to it!
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Thanks Todd,

Back to #33 tomorrow. Half time in England/Columbia at the moment.

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post Jul 4 2018, 08:42 PM
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post Jul 4 2018, 11:48 PM
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NICE!!! This one requires that you have enough power in your in fingers to make each fretted noted loud enough to sound like it was a strike. Once you get used to this, striking with a pick becomes a tone choice, not something you have to do. Most players can do some pull of licks, very few can do this type of lick. Very few will probably put up takes as this is pretty advanced and requires one to be able to have enough finger power to get the job done. Sadly, it's something I don't see as much as I'd like which is why I made this lesson. But as they say, the strong survive. I was glad to see you take this one on!
You did a nice mute with your other hand as well and kept good control over which strings were making noise. It's easy to mess this one up in a variety of ways but your precision served you well and you nailed the lick. The tough bit is hitting that high E note on the way back up imho. You did a fine job of that.
Like the other licks, this makes a great warm up. If your fretting hand needs some mojo, run this lick a few times and it will wake up your fingers. Being able to use just one hand, left or right, to do the job of both is something that every player should aspire to imho, and sadly something that one in a thousand every manages. So congrats! In other words you just... LEVELED UP!!!
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Amazing Sarge!!!! Thanks!!! smile.gif
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post Aug 10 2018, 06:03 PM
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You are leading the Charge on Quick Licks!! Let me know if you need any tips on the next ones.
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post Nov 22 2018, 08:37 PM
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this lick isn't on the master thread if you wanna put it on Todd
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Nicely Done!!! This one is not easy. Some players never acquire the ability to do this type of lick. You seem to have no problem it at all. Very impressive!! You've got very good hand power on your fret hand. This makes picking a tone choice. If one can't do this type of lick, one has to pick every single note. You can choose whether to pick or not. Well played!! You just...

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this lick isn't on the master thread if you wanna put it on Todd
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Tried working on this without the hand-over technique. Let me know if it will do.



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Nice!!! Played with great technique and and quite brisk! Never missed a note, never broke a sweat. This one is designed to how if there are any weak spots in ones left hand in terms of hammering. The lick is meant to drill the left hand on hammer on and traverse without the use of a pick. One fo the more difficult bits that we've done. You don't struggle one bit on this, you just kill it!!!The overhand technique is just muting from the nut instead of the bridge. It's mostly for show. It looks cool when playing live. It's just a flashy trick. Your bridge muting is working well. It's certainly not enough to throw me off. In short you just...
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Tried working on this without the hand-over technique. Let me know if it will do.

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