First Finger Pivoting (Guitar Lesson)


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Prashant Aswani

First Finger Pivoting

Running out of fingers is a common problem when trying to navigate to different familiar patterns on the fly. This lesson focuses on developing the ability to pivot using your first finger in certain parts of an arpeggio so that your other fingers remain available to pick up the slack.

Taught by Prashant Aswani in Impact Soloing seriesLength: 7:22Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Impact Soloing

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Tired of playing the same old things when it's time for you to take a solo? Prashant's methodical approach to breaking out of normal patterns and making traditional 'guitar-isms' sound fresh and new will give your playing new legs.



Lesson 1

Impact Soloing Series Intro

Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the kind of player that feels stuck playing the same patterns over and over again....

Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Learn Those Arpeggios

Before you can play effortless, amazing solos, you need to lay the groundwork. Prashant explains and demonstrates some basic minor 7th arpeggio forms that will be blown wide open in the lessons to come!

Length: 13:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

With and Around The Major 7ths

In similar fashion to the minor 7th arpeggios, Prashant goes over the diatonic major shapes. Practice the major and minor shapes in different sequences for a challenging warm up.

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Odd Ones

Complete the major scale harmony in this string of lessons based on 5th string arpeggios. Learn some clever fingering and note substitution tricks, and play them with the others for more finger dancing...

Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Displacement

Now that you have all the arpeggio shapes under your fingers and hot on your mind, it's time to have some fun with them. Prashant shows some cool ways to make these patterns sound very 'un-pattern' like....

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Linear Additions

Do you want to make your patterns NOT sound like patterns? Prashant looks at some of his favorite ways to add scale elements to the arpeggio patterns shared in this series. The result is a free-flowing...

Length: 11:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

First Finger Pivoting

Running out of fingers is a common problem when trying to navigate to different familiar patterns on the fly. This lesson focuses on developing the ability to pivot using your first finger in certain parts...

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Linear Pivoting

Now it's time to combine the concepts from the last two lessons. Take the linear additions to the arpeggios and practice moving from pattern to pattern on the fly using your first finger as a pivot point....

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fun With Upper Structure Triads

What the heck are upper structure triads? To get the answer, start by counting by odd numbers. Then, watch this lesson. Using upper structure triads helps you add colorful chord tones to any progression....

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

How to Get into Hybrid Picking

If you have tried hybrid picking before and considered to feel a bit awkward, Prashant's approach may be just what you need. He first starts by focusing on the rhythm aspect of the technique while keeping...

Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Think Through Two Modal Progressions

Here's one of the greatest ear training exercises: pick a chord progression, listen to it, play it, and try to hear which mode might sound the best over it. Once you have done this mental work, pick up...

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Voice Leading & Singing

Chords need melody, and a melody is always stronger with the right chords underneath. Learn Prashant's approach to connecting chords together with melody. Try playing a melody within a moving chord progression,...

Length: 10:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Melodic Motifs

Learn to put melody first and connect patterns, runs, and other ideas with your melody in mind. Prashant is a master at this! Learn from the best!

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Double Barring & Lead

Double barring isn't just for rhythm players. Learn how take this technique and inject new clarity and speed into your melodic lines and fast runs!

Length: 13:11 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Double Barring Two String Sequences

Work horizontally on the neck with the double barring technique discussed in the last lesson. Work on each set of two strings for different timbre and harmonic ideas.

Length: 11:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

New Licks, Combining Techniques

Blend the double barring technique with many of the other techniques taught in this series and learn 3 extended licks or passages that will help you work everything in musically.

Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Voice Leading & Rhythm Playing

As a guitar player, playing rhythm is your primary responsibility. This lesson demonstrates how to make rhythm playing interesting and even a little 'lead-like' by using voice leading. Learn how to weave...

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Simple Alternate Tunings & Groove

By altering your low E string and keeping it simple, you'll open up some great riffing and rhythm opportunities. Prashant shows you how to work with Drop D and Drop C# for some massive lines and catchy...

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Groovin' with the Kick Drum

Listening and grooving with the kick drum may be a big priority for bass players, but it is still extremely important for rhythm guitar players! Learn how to play with and around a kick pattern and focus...

Length: 7:13 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Musical Bending & Vibrato

Have you ever heard a new song or guitar solo and been able to identify the guitar player simply by how they sound? The odds are that you were able to guess correctly because you recognized how they use...

Length: 17:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Whammy Bar Techniques

The idea of a whammy bar is pretty straight forward, but implementing it musically isn't always so easy. Prashant shows you how to create everything from obvious whammy bar fun to subtle East Indian-tinged...

Length: 15:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Everyone Loves a Good Gear Talk!

Prashant discusses his guitar and gear choices for his signature tone. He also reveals his love for messing with guitar aesthetics.

Length: 11:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

Vibrato & Bends in Context

Now that you've honed in on pitch and accuracy with bending and vibrato, take the concepts and drills presented in the last lesson and apply them in time. You'll be surprised by the cool, quirky sounds...

Length: 7:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Dark Day

Prashant improvises over an original track called "Dark Day" and teaches some key passages from the solo. Learn the whole improvised solo from the transcription in the supplemental content section!

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Face First

Welcome to the 2nd massive and juicy improvised solo from Prashant Aswani! Tracks like this are where it all comes together. Apply what you have been working on in this series HERE!

Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Horizon

Melody is key! In this track, practice putting melody first and make arpeggios, hybrid picking lines, and flash a strong second. Learn a few key licks and check out the tab for the full transcription!

Length: 9:56 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Rush Hour

Learn a VERY melodic solo and hone in on the intricate rhythm beneath it. Focus on creating hooks and melody in your soloing and making that the main thing that people hear.

Length: 8:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Suspended

Mix blues elements with progressive rock and you get this cool improvised solo by Prashant Aswani. Learn the solo and figure out the rhythm, then take parts of both and apply them to your own writing!

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Your Call

Learn this full song off of Prashant's album "Visions". Learn the melody, the rhythm and the complete improvised solo. This is a MONSTER lesson! Dig in and enjoy!

Length: 44:06 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Prashant Aswani View Full Biography Few musicians can say they’ve had such a diverse background in music, ranging from Indian classical to rock fusion, and many genres in between. Even fewer can say they recorded their first solo album while still attending Berklee College of Music. Prashant Aswani, however, can attest to these, and even more, jaw-dropping experiences.

Prashant has recorded Four Solo albums including “Revelation”, “Duality”, “Sonically Speaking”, “Visions” and one soundtrack “Frequency” released by Lakeshore Entertainment. Currently, Prashant is the featured artist on iFrankenstein Movie Soundtrack (Lakeshore Entertainment) and is Producing AJ Mclean’s(Back Street Boys) solo album. In addition he is currently recording his fifth solo album with Jose Pasillas (Incubus) and Rhonda Smith (Prince, Jeff Beck).

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