Secrets revealed: Learn how to play lead guitar techniques! (String Skipping)
For this lesson, we will be discussing about string skipping. Before you want to learn what this is all about, you should take a listen to ‘Sweet child o mine’ by Guns n roses.
It is a fairly complex technique which might take quite long to master and it requires lots of practice. In addition, string skipping uses mainly alternate picking as its basis so having a good foundation in alternate picking will definitely help. Before you learn string skipping, it’s good to learn sweep picking to get yourself familiarized with the string transition process.
How do we do string skipping?
It would be easier for me to show you a diagram than to just explain. For this example, we would be using the song ‘Sweet child o mine’ from Guns n roses. By the way, Slash plays it tuned half a step down.
This is a rather easy as it only involves one note per string and there is no other techniques included in this short lick.
String skipping is actually really easy to do. However, what you really want to gain from using this technique is speed and accuracy. For the beginners out there who are new to this style, here is a small exercise created using the Ionian scale, to help you guys out.
Like learning any other technique, the beginning will be the toughest. So the main thing here is to start off slow, developing a good technique and coordination, while focusing on getting the notes to be heard clearly. Once you are better, then should you concentrate on getting your speed up.
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