Modal Madness pt 4 - 5 String Patterns

by Zsolt Galambos

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  • Hi GMC'ers! Welcome to the 4th installment of the Modal Madness series. This time we will work harder to play sequences used by many different guitarist. The best known for this is Paul Gilbert.
    These are 5 string patterns, played in D Minor. Try to focus on constant alternate (up/down) picking. The most difficult part is when you hit the following string in a row with an upstroke and come down to the previous string with a downstroke. The ascending part is harder to play than the descending, because of the mentioned picking sequence.
    Practice these slow at first. When you get completely familiar with it on a specific tempo, raise the tempo a bit and continue practicing. You can also play these in the other keys as well, and eventually you can incorporate them in your own style.
    Tuning:
    * Standard D:
    * D - G - C - F - A - D
    (From thick to thin string)

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    Have fun practicing!/ Zsolt

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