Now Dan introduces some 2 string patterns into our two hand sync exercises. In each lesson, he's ratcheting up the difficulty level!
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Sync & Swim - Part III: 2 String Pattern Ideas
Now that we’re comfortable with all kinds of single string stuff, let’s get into some 2 string ideas with “Sync & Swim - Part III: 2 String Pattern Ideas”
As you can see, we’re now getting into some real guitar playing, and the further we go down the path of 2 hand sync together, the more you can do on your own. We’ll be doing some intricate 2 string lines that will really help bring home your new sync habits.
In the last lesson we got in depth on a slew of different ways to connect single string lines to develop your 2 hand sync - In this lesson we’ll be introducing some 2 string work with new patterns and rhythmic values to help you further understand polymeter vs polyrhythms and tightening your 2 hand sync.
1A - First we're going to hit level 1A, this is a pattern that will be descending in 3’s in an 8th note triplet feel. We’ll be descending frets 6 5 and 3 on the high E string and then 6 5 and 3 on the B string .
1B - Up Next will take that same exact pattern but will do it in 16th notes - So this means we’re doing a pattern of 3 with a 16th note feel - this is what we call a Polymeter! We’re fitting a forcing a grouping of 3 notes into a rhythmic grouping of 4’s! Weird, and super awesome.
2A - Up Next is Level 2A, and it's going to be another pattern, but this time it's going to be descending 4s! We’re going to do it in the 16th note feel. The pattern starts like this: 6 5 3 on the high E string followed by 6 on the B string .
Since we've already played fret 6 on the E string we're going to omit that from the pattern and descend down the next 4 notes starting on frets 5 and 3 on the E string and then come down to 6 and 5 following the pattern. We're going to do 3 on the E string and then 6 5 3 on the B string followed by 6 5 3 2 to close it out. That last note on 2 is going to be a that quintessential harmonic minor note right here, it’s the sharp seven behind our root note on fret 3. We’ll then take that same exact pattern and put it in an eighth note triplet feel - Rings start to get a little bit weird here, as we’re taking a grouping of four and making it feel like 3’s check this out!
3A - Up Next we have Level 3A - This is what I call a leapfrog pattern, since it’s going to be essentially a pattern of 2’s, but it's not adjacent notes as we’re going to be moving in thirds, so it's going to be 6 to 3 on the high E string and then 5 on the high E string to 6 on the B string. We’re going to be starting on the down stroke and will be moving with alternate picking strategically like we have been this whole entire time. Again this is going to feel good because we’re playing patterns of 2’s in groupings of 4 - this makes sense and is going to feel good.
3B - Up Next though we're going to go to level 3b - With that same exact pattern of leapfrog choose that we did previously only were going to make it feel like it now triplets let's check this out - This gets weird again!
4A - Finally will round it out with the last part of this exercise - This is a pattern that ascends adjacent notes in 2’s per string, but it is descending on down the strings in the big picture… So in other words from 5 to 6 on the highest string and then 3 to 5 and then 6 on the B string to fret 3 on the high E string - To fret 5, and 6 on your B string, etc.. This, again, is a pattern of twos in groupings of four, so this will make sense and feel good.
4B - Up next in level 4B is the same exact pattern as above but an eighth note triplets this is a very cool feeling and has tons emotion to it as the dynamics you can get out of 1 pattern with variations in rhythm and feel is a killer thing to throw into your leads and rhythms.
As you can see, this is only a select portion of some of the patterns that you can mess with, but all of these are great for developing 2 hand sync!
Right now, the notion of moving along 2 strings vertically in different patterns should begin to feel more and more natural - the rhythmic variations are a great way to get more out of less! Consider that as we move forward, and in looking back.
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