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Dan Sugarman

Sync or Swim Part 4

In this lesson, Dan explores more two string patterns, this time emphasizing odd two string patterns. Finger twisters and brain teasers for sure!

Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 8:03Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

Sync or Swim - Part IV: Odd 2 String Combinations

Now that we’ve looked around a little bit with some 2 string 2 hand sync patterns… I want dive a little bit deeper just so we can plant a few more seeds in your brain.

At this point, we’re going to really begin to explore some unique lines that can create some really cool percussive phrasing in your playing, especially when taking into account how we are accenting our notes - more on that later though! In this lesson, we’re going to go further into the abyss of 2 string patterns, but we’re gonna get weird on this one!

Now that the picking hand and fretting hand intelligence is growing and evolving into one cohesive and symbiotic relationship, I want to challenge them together. Let’s get into some more interesting passages that including odd groupings, and closing with an odd time signature.

Level 1 - To begin, level one will be assending up in patterns of fours in shape 2, and then we'll be starting on 5 6 7 and then 5 on the high E string and then 6 8 on the B string followed by 5 6 on the high E string, then 8 on the b string, and then 5 6 9 on the E string. Then we slide up and shift positions to fret 12 as we descend back down in key - the same exact pattern, using shapes 2 & 3. Make sure to look ahead to fret 14 as you descend down shape 3 since we know that shape - use this moment to look ahead! On measure three we will ascend up the same shape starting on fret 14 shape two, and shape one on fret 13 all the way up to 17 before we slide up to fret 18 on measure four. We then descend down shape three on both the high e and b string.

Level 2 - Next up is level two, here we will be ascending in 3’s in 8th note triplets in 4/4. It may sound like a mouthful, but so long as you are feeling this as you hear me playing it, you will understand it. We’ll start in shape one on fret 6 on the B string - Remember we’ll be going to shape 3B to stay in D harmonic minor with the sharp 7 here on fret 9 on the E string - So we’ll have a whole and a half step between frets 6 and 9 before ending the shape on fret 10. Then will shift up to fret 12 and descend down shapes two and then three using the same groupings and pattern as before.

Level 3 - Next up is level 3, here we're going to do the same exact pattern of threes that we did before, only this time we're going to do it with 16th notes. That means will be playing 4 notes for every click that you here.

Level 4 - Next up, is level four. Here we will be ascending in 4’s with the triplet feel using shapes two and shape one - starting on the B string. We’ll play 2, 3, then 5 and 1 on the high E string before we continue the pattern on frets 3 and 5 on the B string to frets 1 and 3 on the e string and so on. Then we shift up to fret 6 on the e string and descend down shape one on both strings with the same pattern.

Level 5 - Level five is just that - A descending and pattern of five. The way that I have this broken up is by playing it as a subgroup of two and a subgroup of three together to make up 5. We’ll be playing in 8th notes first, so you'll be getting 2 notes per click. We’ll be starting on fret 13 and then 12 and then 13 12 10 and then we have to go back to the next note in the pattern which would be 12 10 / 12 10, 14 on the b string and so on. This will be a challenge for you, I promise - You have to think on your feet and be aware in the moment, there's no time for sleep here!

Level 6 - Then we go to level six, we will be doing the same exact pattern as before, only with 16th notes so make sure to take this slow and get comfortable with this.

Level 7 - Next up is level 7 - we have an odd grouping pattern with some inside and outside picking as well as small legato moment for a turnaround. We’ll be using shape three here, starting on fret 3 on the high E string with inside picking (meaning we’ll be playing on the inside of the two strings). Play a down-stroke on 3, and then in upstroke on fret 6 on the B string, downstroke 5, upstroke 3, down-stroke 5, upstroke 6, and then down stroke 5 on the high E string. Then, upstroke 6 on the B string, down 5, up stroke 3, down 5 and hammer on to 6!

This is to give us space so that we can turn into outside picking as we now upstroke fret 3 on the high E string and finish out the same exact pattern that we did before only with different picking. Notice that the last stroke of this passage is the down stroke, and the loop of the passage is also down stroke… Make sure you directionally pick through these two notes to make it clean and smooth as one motion!

Level 8 - Last up his level 8, here we’ll be playing in a grouping of 7’s subdivided as 3 and then 4.This will be a looping exercise in 7/8. It sounds a lot more difficult then it really is - don’t overthink it and just feel it! The lick is set up perfectly for it - We have our accent happening here on 1 & 4, so we sub divide the group up into 3, and then 4 to equal 7 - 1 2 3 / 1 2 3 4. The accents will be on the high E string on fret 5, then fret 6, with frets 8 and 5 on the B string filling out either the 2/3 beats of the first sub group played as 8 / 5 on the b string, or the 2/3/4 notes needed for the sub division of the group played as 8 5 8 on the b string, before looping it… This completes your odd groupings in 7/8.

Understand there are literally endless amounts of combinations and we are just barely touching the surface here, but this will most definitely help you develop a new sense of two hand sync you didn’t have previously, as well as hopefully opening up your mind to new ideas for rhythms and groupings.

By now, there is a lot of stuff going on with both of our hands… Make sure you’re taking it slow and feel comfortable with these ideas! If you are having a hard time with the picking directions, practice that some more, if you are having string noise at all - look no further, here comes some muting techniques!



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Sugarman's Shredding Revolution is all about discovering and creating ways to develop a new and unique level of understanding of two-hand synchronization, which is one of the core foundations of clean playing.



Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Dan Sugarman gives us an introduction and preview to his series - Sugarman's Shredding Revolution.

Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
The Speed of LightLesson 2

The Speed of Light

Dan begins his series by revolutionizing the way we approach our instrument. In this lesson, Dan shares a concept he calls The Speed of "Light".

Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The PulseLesson 3

The Pulse

Finding the "Goldilocks" zone is key to getting your hands in the best position possible to shred, by finding the right amount of pressure to apply to the strings. Dan helps us find the touch that's "just...

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Speed of Light Application ExerciseLesson 4

Speed of Light Application Exercise

In this lesson, we put into practice what we've talked about so far in this series. This exercise is designed to help you find your Goldilocks Zone, and practice it enough to put it on auto pilot!

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Perfect Practice PostureLesson 5

Perfect Practice Posture

Contrary to what some say, good posture feeds into good technique, which feeds into great guitar playing. In this lesson Dan gives us examples of good posture for two different ways of holding the guitar.

Length: 5:21 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
50/50 Finger FrenzyLesson 6

50/50 Finger Frenzy

Distributing the right amount of pressure throughout your hand is a key foundation to achieving two hand sync. In this lesson, Dan analyzes this concept and helps to get us on the right track.

Length: 12:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Chromatic Finger CrawlLesson 7

Chromatic Finger Crawl

This lesson is designed to work on the hand to brain connection during the string change, and to help you "fall" into position as opposed to "flail" into position.

Length: 2:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Finger IQ: Hammer-OnsLesson 8

Finger IQ: Hammer-Ons

Now it's time to sprinkle some legato playing into the proceedings. Starting with hammer ons, Dan shows us how to use "weight" not "strength" to achieve this technique.

Length: 6:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Finger IQ: Pull OffsLesson 9

Finger IQ: Pull Offs

Now Dan shows us the next element of legato playing: Pull Offs.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
True Legato: Three Notes Per StringLesson 10

True Legato: Three Notes Per String

Using hammer-ons and pull-offs that we learned in the previous lessons, Dan now gives us an introduction to true legato - using three note per string patterns.

Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Home PositionLesson 11

Home Position

Now that we've spent a good deal of time on the fretting hand, it's time to turn our attention to the picking hand. Dan starts with examining how to get the best tone from our instrument, using what he...

Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Home Position ApplicationLesson 12

Home Position Application

In this lesson, Dan helps us apply some exercises to the home application that will help it become second nature in no time!

Length: 8:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rhythm and KonokolLesson 13

Rhythm and Konokol

A solid rhythmic foundation is a must when addressing the basics of good technique. In this lesson, Dan shows a very fresh and cool way to approach rhythm, with the ancient Indian method: Konokol.

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Time and Rhythm TableLesson 14

Time and Rhythm Table

Now, Dan moves the Konokol rhythm system that we looked at in the last lesson to the guitar, exploring different rhythm configurations along the way.

Length: 3:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Polymeter and PolyrhythmLesson 15

Polymeter and Polyrhythm

When it comes to complex rhythm, understanding the difference between polyrhythm and polymeter are very important. In this lesson, Dan gives us a crash course on how to tell the difference.

Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Sync or Swim Part 1Lesson 16

Sync or Swim Part 1

Now it's time to put our hands together (so to speak). We're bringing what we've worked on for the left hand, and what we've worked on for the right hand together to get a firm grasp of our two hand sync....

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Sync or Swim Part 2Lesson 17

Sync or Swim Part 2

In this lesson, Dan continues to emphasize two hand sync, adding the new ideas of inside picking and outside picking.

Length: 10:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Sync or Swim Part 3Lesson 18

Sync or Swim Part 3

Now Dan introduces some 2 string patterns into our two hand sync exercises. In each lesson, he's ratcheting up the difficulty level!

Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Sync or Swim Part 4Lesson 19

Sync or Swim Part 4

In this lesson, Dan explores more two string patterns, this time emphasizing odd two string patterns. Finger twisters and brain teasers for sure!

Length: 8:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Sync or Swim Part 5Lesson 20

Sync or Swim Part 5

Endurance is the name of the game in this lesson. Dan shows us one of his favorite techniques he calls "Phalange Laps".

Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Rhythm vs. Lead PlayingLesson 21

Rhythm vs. Lead Playing

Subtle hand positioning can go a long way in determining the proper position for lead playing or rhythm playing. Here, Dan analyzes this concept in great detail, getting you on the right path and putting...

Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Picking Hand Muting TechniquesLesson 22

Picking Hand Muting Techniques

Now we get to muting techniques. Starting off, Dan gives us all the details on muting techniques for the picking hand. These are a must if you want to truly reign in that beast of an instrument!

Length: 12:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Fretting Hand Muting TechniquesLesson 23

Fretting Hand Muting Techniques

Switching our muting attention to the fretting hand, Dan gives us the essential techniques we need to get the cleanest result.

Length: 14:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Learning to Fish for OurselvesLesson 24

Learning to Fish for Ourselves

In this lesson, Dan teaches a great way to analyze our own playing, focusing in on our mistakes and how to correct them. It starts with quarantining our playing.

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
NuancesLesson 25

Nuances

What gives you your unique voice on the guitar? Well, there are a number of things that go into that equation. In this lesson, Dan takes a look at some of the key techniques that will go a long way in...

Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Substrate 1 - Rhythm vs. Lead PlayingLesson 26

Substrate 1 - Rhythm vs. Lead Playing

Now Dan will help us focus on growing our weaknesses. First up is Rhythm vs. Lead Playing.

Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Substrate 2 - LegatoLesson 27

Substrate 2 - Legato

Up next in working on strengths and weaknesses? Legato.

Length: 3:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Substrate 3 - Alternate PickingLesson 28

Substrate 3 - Alternate Picking

Up next in the world of substrates - Alternate Picking.

Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Substrate 4 - Directional PickingLesson 29

Substrate 4 - Directional Picking

The last substrate Dan takes us through is Directional Picking.

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Creative Application of All TechniquesLesson 30

Creative Application of All Techniques

In the last lesson of the series, Dan gives us a musical, full band exercise that ties in all of the techniques that we've learned throughout the series.

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
JamPlay Interview with Dan SugarmanLesson 31

JamPlay Interview with Dan Sugarman

Who is Dan Sugarman? Get to know a little about Dan - his background, his music, and what drives him to excel at guitar in this JamPlay interview.

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Dan Sugarman

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Dan Sugarman is a 26 year old guitarist, producer, teacher and songwriter hailing from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA. His tenacity and dedication to the art of music and guitar led him to the lead guitar position in the internationally touring band, As Blood Runs Black. Now as a solo artist, Dan continues to work on his original music being released through Patreon, and is currently producing and engineering other bands & artists at Sugartone Studios, and composing for film & television. He also maintains an ever-growing student body as a private guitar teacher, mentor, and educator in the crafts of songwriting, creativity, and modern day recording techniques.



Dan is currently working on his "living album", Inside Out - Part I, available on patreon.com and completing an album for his new group A Mind Made Me, featuring singer//actor Sarah J Bartholomew.

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