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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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