October 2008 \ Premier Clinic \ String Skipping

# String Skipping

## Inside the art of string skipping

Welcome back! This lesson I will be showing you a cool technique called String Skipping, which I like to use in my solos and in my playing. It obviously means skipping strings, there are many various ways to come up with different lines you can use in your playing. You can base your lines off scales, arpeggios or any set of note combinations. All of which are great to help get your neck down and great for your right hand picking. This lesson we will base our lines off scales.

Example 1
This example is built from a C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, ) using sixteenth note triplets. You will notice that the D string is skipped entirely, the same pattern continues up the neck. You could do this all over the neck using different strings, be sure to experiment.

Example 2
Let's take a similar pattern as our previous example, but now we are skipping the D and the B string. This is a lot trickier for the right hand and a little bit harder getting both hands synced up, with practice you can do it.

Example 3
In this example I put together a practical string skipping line to show you how you could construct lines using the previous examples. This one is from the key of E major (E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#). These type of lines can add excitement to your playing and will help you get out of just playing scales up and down in order.

Example 4
This is another example of how you can use this technique in your solos. This one is a C Dorian (C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb) line mixed with a C minor Pentatonic (C, Eb, F, G, Bb) type vibe. Be sure to crank up the gain for this one, this type of line could work in many situations.

Be sure to construct your own patterns. We barely scratched the surface, I use these type of patterns in my playing a lot, so don't forget to visit mikecampese.com

Mike is an in-demand instructor with a number of recording, performance, TV and film credits to his name. Mike has studied with likes of Paul Gilbert, Norman Brown, Keith Wyatt, Stanley Jordan, John Hilton, Wayne Krantz and Bill Connors. Be sure and visit Mike's site at mikecampese.com for news, CDs and more information.

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