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GMC Forum _ Todd Simpson _ Quick Licks #112 - Open String Arpeggio Combo

Posted by: Todd Simpson Dec 28 2019, 10:42 PM

In this Quick Licks, we start with an open string and then play an arpeggio. You can pick this any way you like. Whatever works for your picking hand. This one does have a big stretch for the pinky, but it should be a familiar shape by now as we have used it in the past. We are leveraging that shape here. If the shape is new to new, it should be simple enough as it's only about half of a full arpeggio.


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Todd

Posted by: klasaine Dec 31 2019, 01:33 AM

Muting on this one was hard for me.
I also had to think about my accuracy with the stretch of my pinky (4th) finger for the high note. Easy to undershoot if I wasn't focused.
Once again I've noticed that since doing these Todd hammer-on licks, my left hand is not getting fatigued anymore. Practice works!
I made a little classical style progression with the lick. Gm to Cm back to Gm to Dm to Gm. I lower the top note of the Cm arpeggio one fret each time. The Dm is a different shape.


Posted by: Kristofer Dahl Dec 31 2019, 02:15 AM

Very nice tune there Ken 👌 that's a really musical approach to practice technique!

Posted by: klasaine Dec 31 2019, 02:22 AM

For better or for worse, I have to make 'music' out of anything I practice. If I don't, it doesn't really absorb into my playing.

Posted by: Todd Simpson Dec 31 2019, 06:30 AM

Now that was just AWESOME!! I like how it sounds further up like you played in the vid. I'm going to have to make a quick licks with that mod! It sounds very cool. I like your musicality quite a bit and the way you change the pinky note when you are playing further up is very cool. It started life as a drill and ended up as an etude! Thanks much for this killer take. Needless to say you just.
You just....
LEVELED UP!!!


Todd

QUOTE (klasaine @ Dec 30 2019, 08:33 PM) *
Muting on this one was hard for me.
I also had to think about my accuracy with the stretch of my pinky (4th) finger for the high note. Easy to undershoot if I wasn't focused.
Once again I've noticed that since doing these Todd hammer-on licks, my left hand is not getting fatigued anymore. Practice works!
I made a little classical style progression with the lick. Gm to Cm back to Gm to Dm to Gm. I lower the top note of the Cm arpeggio one fret each time. The Dm is a different shape.


Posted by: Phil66 Jan 2 2020, 09:54 PM

Take 1 Sarge with my mod showing at the end. I had this done when I first got this Strat as I too had the same problem as Ken but for some reason I don't feel the need or the desire to get it done on my SRV Strat.

I tried to make something musical out of it but it didn't amount to much.


https://youtu.be/Q_bAvWog8UI


Cheers

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jan 3 2020, 03:27 AM

Welcome back! I liked the pix from your holiday! Well done on this quick lick! You have a better handle on it this time than before which is great! It's a lot of left hand work. It's a great way to get the left hand stronger. It builds endurance and can help with precision/speed, since it requires only one strike for every 3 notes. You got this sorted so you just..

LEVELED UP!!!





Todd












QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jan 2 2020, 04:54 PM) *
Take 1 Sarge with my mod showing at the end. I had this done when I first got this Strat as I too had the same problem as Ken but for some reason I don't feel the need or the desire to get it done on my SRV Strat.

I tried to make something musical out of it but it didn't amount to much.


https://youtu.be/Q_bAvWog8UI


Cheers

Posted by: Phil66 Jan 3 2020, 07:08 AM

Thanks Todd,

That's the first time I've played it since the last take so my brain must have been working on it.

Cheers smile.gif

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jan 4 2020, 06:47 AM

You are prepped for the next one for sure. It's really an extension of this one. 113 is this lick with string traverse to a lower string. It feels tricky at first to make the switch, but I think you can handle no problem!!!

Todd

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jan 3 2020, 02:08 AM) *
Thanks Todd,

That's the first time I've played it since the last take so my brain must have been working on it.

Cheers smile.gif


Thats a very real thing! Sometimes it's best to let the brain work on something without playing it for a few days. Your subconcious mind will keep working on the problem, even when you dream. Then you pick up the guitar and bam, it starts happening! I've made use of this technique many times. In this lesson in particular. When I first wrote it, I stumbled over it for two days in a row. Then I didn't play it for a week. Then It came time to record it and BAM it just worked

Todd
QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jan 3 2020, 02:08 AM) *
Thanks Todd,

That's the first time I've played it since the last take so my brain must have been working on it.

Cheers smile.gif

Posted by: onetabmat Feb 8 2020, 09:45 PM


Posted by: Todd Simpson Feb 8 2020, 10:14 PM

Awesome!!! No only do you play the lick, you do a KEN thing and mod it with something extra cool! This is an open string lick with an arpeggio. I've not seen these types of licks on the interwebs. If they are there I just have not seen them. If you have seen them please share a vid! I thought that adding an open string would give a free note and make the arp sound like more notes than it actually is. But, if one does not mute well, it becomes a noise machine. You mute quite well and your pinky articulation is very good!!! Also doing the lick at speed is impressive. Your skills have clearly improved over time!! You just..
LEVELED UP!!!!!!





QUOTE (onetabmat @ Feb 8 2020, 04:45 PM) *

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