Upstroke Penta Shred

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi everyone and welcome to my latest lesson!

    We will be tearing through some pentatonic shapes but the important thing to know is that we will begin every picking phrase on an upstroke!

    Why do this? If you want an in depth explanation please read through this post. The short version is that by starting on an upstroke it will change the way you cross strings. This will be beneficial and usable to anybody who plays with a fairly normal hand position. If you are somebody who would normally start these lines on a downstroke (and that was me) then starting with an upstroke will seem very alien at first. Give it time, though, and you may find that you have more accuracy and control over your string changing manoeuvres.

    This lesson will work on:

    -Alternate picking
    -'Inside' and 'outside' picking / string crossing
    -Ability to shift through different pentatonic box positions

    Here's another challenge for you. After learning this lesson, why not go and run through my Wylde Penta Shifts lesson using an upstroke to start with and see how it changes things!

    Enjoy and see you on the upside!

    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 150 bpm

    Key: Am

    Ibanez RG7421, Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.


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