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Technique Rules! - October 2001


Today's exercise is largely based on the initial idea (Technique Rules! February 2001-Exercise 1) of taking a scale (a-minor scale in this case) and moving it around the neck in all possible variations in the "3 note per string fashion".

Previous exercise was oriented to crossing the neck of the guitar from the 6th string to the 1st. This one will be more a "linear" movement - going from 1st fret up the neck and back but all this on 2 strings only (still playing those "3 note per string" scale patterns). You will get a little different perspective on how the notes line up along the neck this way.

This exercise can also be seen as a sort of a "lick" found in vocabularies of players such as Al Di Meola, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse,…, Borislav Mitic,… to name a few. The technique of choice in my example is alternate picking.

Try to figure out by yourself how to play this type of pattern on all groups of strings (6th and 5th, 5th and 4th, 4th and 3rd, 3rd and 2nd) in A minor. If you know your minor scale positions ("TR!" November 2000) this shouldn't be a problem.


Borislav Mitic

For the curious - I played the MP3 examples on my ESP Vintage + Strat guitar through my Laney VC50 amp. Of course I tune to E flat…

Tab For This Month's Technique Rules

Tab for October's Technique Rules!
(Links to MP3's for this exercise is available on the tab page!!)

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