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post Feb 26 2012, 04:34 AM
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still practicing that minor pentatonic you covered in your chat a long,long,long while back. It seems I can outside pick the down stroke, but when I follow that with outside picking upstroke it seems that this is were it falls apart,Have been stuck at around 70 bpm for weeks and recently am trying this as one of my picking patterns and I wanted your opinion.In the standard 1st position -D minor starting 13th fret f- down stroke/10th-up/13th-down(e STRING) /10th- up/12th-down(g string) 10th-up/12-dowm(d string) 10th -up(g string)12thdown/10th -up(b string)13th-down/10 -up(e string) and repeat in a 6 note pattern
d u d u d u d u d u d u
and if you have the time , I would love to hear this up to speed( this is of course open to any instructor)

sorry that did not tab out correctly

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post Feb 26 2012, 11:48 AM
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Hey, I remember doing some Penta licks that were played in triplet style. I think you must mean these ones:

One thing that I noticed with outside picking is that sometimes the upstrokes nudge your pick so that the pick shifts in your grip, throwing you off. I've started gripping the pick a bit lower down, towards the point. It feels weird to start with but I found that, during continous high speed alternate picking, that's what my pick and grip automatically does so I thought I'd take heed of it and employ it.

My grip stays more consistent this way but I just have to get used to doing it with all licks. rolleyes.gif

Also, try to make sure your thumb doesn't move too much when doing this. Keep your pick grip consistent and let the wrist do the work. I know that I've let my thumb move over the years to compensate but I think it was the wrong thing to do.

Guthrie Govan says about this in this video, not sure if you saw it smile.gif

Try and cycle these types of licks, keep the grip good - don't use the thumb and fingers to move the pick. Keep it going at a tempo you can manage but still requires mental effort. Keep it going until your forearm burns. You have to stay relaxed as you can, not putting any conscious effort into your hand and arm though. When you can feel your forearm tiring you know you're working the correct muscles. smile.gif

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