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Eric Johnson Lick Lesson

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My Secret to Picking Fast Across The Strings...

This time we are going learn a fast 8 note lick in the style of Eric Johnson or Joe Bonamassa. No hammer-ons or pull-offs are being used here, which is what I normally do. Playing it this way, makes the notes come out very staccato, or in other words - distinct.

The secret is to start with an upstroke when you play 2 notes on a string, going to the next string below. That way, your pick hand is going down as you go down to the next string, and you will arrive at the next string with an upstroke. This method makes it a lot easier to keep the alternate picking hand going. Try it out! I know some skilled players can switch just as easily from having go the opposite direction from what I'm showing here, but I am not one of them... I find it VERY difficult to use an upstroke on for example the B string and then downstroke on the high E string. That is loooonooooong move for my pick/pickhand and I am likely to play the note on the E string in very sloppy manner, or miss it completely.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Jim Davenport said...

I appreciate the help Robert, but I'm a very slow learner and almost feel like I'm dyslexic in learning tab...but, I keep trying.

Comment added on April 16, 2013
George Rolph said...

Fantastic Robert thanks. I have been working on my speed techniques and this is going to help a lot. Thanks again Bro.

Comment added on September 28, 2012

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

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"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!