Lick of the Day: Two-Notes-Per-String Shred by John Petrucci
Today's lick, by John Petrucci, is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern.
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.
When playing licks or melodies using two notes per string, many guitarists rely almost exclusively on their fret-hand ring and index fingers, even though the pinkie can more easily and comfortably reach most wide-interval stretches.
If you find you're consistently shunning your pinkie during solos, I encourage you to follow my example and advice and practice this lick using your pinkie for the wide-interval stretch at the beginning of each arpeggio. You'll receive a great pinkie workout, after which you may begin to find yourself more at ease and sure-fingered when performing other licks incorporating wide-interval stretches.
Fingering prompts in the notation illustrate my specific fret-hand fingerings.
The tempo is 140 beats per minute, 69 for slow practice.
You Might Also Like...
12 hours 40 min ago
15 hours 5 min ago
16 hours 29 min ago
16 hours 42 min ago
17 hours 24 min ago
17 hours 55 min ago
19 hours 34 min ago
In the Magazine
Most Commented Articles
GUITAR WORLD ON FACEBOOK
Guitar World On Twitter
- 1 of 201