In this lesson I will be showing you some moveable picking patterns you can move through your scales in any key. These patterns will develop your right hand picking and synchronization between both hands. Before I show you the picking patterns I just want to review the three-note-per-string major scales.
Ex. 1 Three-note-per-string patterns lay comfortably on the fingerboard and will help you move quicker across the neck. A great way to practice these patterns is to play the first pattern ascending, then descend on the 2nd pattern, ascend on the 3rd pattern, descend on the 4th etc. Continue this way all the way up the neck and back. Once you memorize each picking pattern I give you, move them across the neck in different positions. Also, be sure to move these patterns in other keys and use a metronome or a drum machine to gauge your progress...
Ex.2 The first pattern moves through the Am scale (A, B, C, D, E, F, G ). It is based off a 16th note triplet pattern in 3/4 time and climbs up the scale very quickly. To make this line more effective, accent the downbeats and make sure both hands are in sync. Be sure to follow the suggested fingerings I supplied.
Ex.3 Here is another 16th note triplet pattern, but this one is descending. This will be easier to play if you get comfortable with the main pattern first . Try looping the pattern on the first 2 strings and then move it down the scale after you get a feel for it.
Ex.4 This is the same pattern as Ex.2, but it is played higher up the neck. There are more position shifts in this one, I supplied suggested fingerings where the shifts are. Feel free to experiment with this pattern, try moving it down the neck on just 2 strings.
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