Miniseries #004 - 10 Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions X

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miniseries #004, Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions X

Hi Everyone,

Lets go over another picking pattern. This pattern will contain all eight notes. You can look to the video and to the tablature as well to get this pattern under your fingers. Once you become familiar with this pattern, we can connect it to the other pattern we just went over. We you do connect the two patterns together, you will be playing through two measures. Remember....anytime we have a count of 4 within the time signature of 4/4, we will have gone through 1 measure.

We can also use both of the sliding transitions with both of these picking patterns. After you become familiar with the slides and with these patterns, eventually, you will be able to switch between these patterns at will, sliding up or down the neck in a very natural way. I hope you find these patterns and transitions useful....I know I sure do.....especially when I'm jamming on the Bluegrass. You can use these techniques with many many tunes and songs in Bluegrass. Blue Moon of Kentucky comes to mind immediately.

Rock On Everybody,


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