> #39 Shredding The Blues Part Ii, Barred Pull Offs / Alternate Picking
Todd Simpson
post Aug 4 2018, 06:04 PM
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This is PART II of what we started in the last Quick Licks with SHREDDING THE BLUES. This lick also goes great with GABES blues backing from the JAM WITH GABE COLLAB. It's a very cool backing to jam over and you can use any inspiration from this to create a take for the GABE JAM! Here is the link to the JAM WITH GABE page.


Just like the last licks YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PLAY THIS FAST. You can play it at any speed that feels right and it will still sound great against the backing or by itself. It's a great way to start building your speed/precision. It was with licks like this that I finally broke through my own speed barrier and began to be able to play at any speed I liked. This lick uses something similar to a BAR CHORD and you fret two strings at once and leave them fretted. Then you do pull offs and picking which makes it sound like you are playing way faster than you actually are. Your palm muting is very important since these two strings stay fretted and you have to mute any unwanted string noise.

This is taken directly from my solo for the JAM WITH GABE collab.
Attached File  Gabe.mp3 ( 881.89K ) Number of downloads: 18

*Here is the BACKING TRACK. Download it and try to play the lick over it. You don't have to use the backing in your Quick Licks video if you don't want to.

*Make sure to watch the vid!.

*NOTE: This lick is a great transition lick from not being able to shred, to being able to shred. It lets you play beyond your regular ability by leveraging pull offs and a barred shape instead of making the left hand stay in constant motion like many shred licks.

BACKGROUND / COMMENTS : You can pick this any way that feels comfortable. I'm picking it using the same approach. Trust your fingers and let them guide you. Getting used to finding your way is also part of the key to breaking your own speed barrier.

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Attached File  39.gp5 ( 1.94K ) Number of downloads: 21

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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