Chop Shop http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/952/all en Chop Shop with John 5: A Country-Influenced Application of Hybrid Picking for Blues and Rock http://www.guitarworld.com/chop-shop-john-5-country-influenced-application-hybrid-picking-blues-and-rock <!--paging_filter--><p>In the first two installments of Chop Shop, we looked at some arpeggio-based runs that were spiced up with octaves, finger taps, pinch harmonics and behind-the-nut bends. </p> <p>This time, as promised, I’m going to talk about the ways in which I’ve employed ideas I’ve learned from guitarists in different genres to my own playing. To start off, I’m going to show you a lick in the key of B that I use on the track “The Nightmare Unravels,” from my latest solo CD, <em>The Art of Malice</em>.</p> <p>To perform this lick, I use the technique known as hybrid picking, which involves using the bare fingers to pluck strings in conjunction with a flatpick. The best way to describe the technique and how it sounds is through demonstration, so check out the performance of <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> on this column’s accompanying video lesson to hear it in a rock context. </p> <p>Note the unique “popping” sound created by the combination of finger picking and flat picking.</p> <p>Country guitar great Albert Lee is a master of this technique, and it is used to great effect in a rock context by players such as Steve Morse and Zakk Wylde. While hybrid picking can provide you with another cool way to vary your tone, it also allows you to easily perform string-skipping runs that would be arduous to play using just a pick. </p> <p>Some country purists wouldn’t involve the use of a pick, just the thumb and first two fingers of the picking hand (see <strong>PHOTO 1</strong>). But since I like to incorporate this technique into my rock playing, I often use my pick in conjunction with my middle and ring fingers. </p> <p>As you can see in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>, with the exception of the very last note (the B at the 19th fret on the high E string), this run is played entirely on the D and B strings. I use my pick to down-pick the D string and my middle finger (marked m above the TAB) to alternately pluck the B-string notes, making the numerous string skips a breeze to negotiate. The open B note is sounded often, which is very useful because, as it is the root note, it clearly anchors the run to the key of B.</p> <p>This run may seem a little complicated at first, but when you break it down you’ll see that it’s really just a repeating seven-note fingering-and-picking pattern that is applied to different positions on the neck. This very rhythmic pattern is isolated in <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>. All that is required to master this lick is to nail this shorter pattern, which includes a hammer-on on the D string, from the index finger to the ring, and an index-finger pull-off on the B string. </p> <p>The longer lick in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is based on this same pattern and shaped-shifted up and down the neck to various positions. Like anything new, start off slowly and build up speed slowly, concentrating first on the fingering and picking pattern and then incorporating some palm muting, which will help keep things neat and tight sounding. </p> <p>Also, start with a clean sound and introduce distortion later. Stick with it, and before you know it you’ll be playing <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> at speed. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/n8KAjEuR5YU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/chopshop0511.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/chopshop0511A.jpg" width="620" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john5">John5</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/chop-shop-john-5-country-influenced-application-hybrid-picking-blues-and-rock#comments 2011 Chop Shop GW Archive John 5 May 2011 Rob Zombie Blogs Lessons Magazine Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:20:56 +0000 John 5 17233 at http://www.guitarworld.com Chop Shop: More on Hybrid Picking, and a Gypsy Jazz–Tinged Run in E Minor http://www.guitarworld.com/chop-shop-more-hybrid-picking-and-gypsy-jazz-tinged-run-e-minor <!--paging_filter--><p>In last month’s column, we looked at a neat pattern and lick in the key of B that incorporated the use of hybrid picking (pick-and-fingers technique). To follow up on and expand upon that topic, I’d like to present two further ideas based on the same pattern, and then show you an elegant run inspired by the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. </p> <p>FIGURE 1 is a subtle variation on the underlying pattern from last month’s column. As you can see, it’s nearly identical, the only difference being that for this figure I’ve added an extra open B note at the end of the repeated pattern, which makes for a flowing, unbroken stream of eighth notes. The other idea I wanted to convey is that you can move the pattern across the strings so that the open string is now the high E, meaning you can also use this idea in the key of E, as demonstrated in FIGURE 2.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/chopshop0611.jpg" /></p> <p>Now I’m going to take you through a jazzy E minor run that has a Django-esque sound and feel. The lick is played with a clean tone, and as you can see in the accompanying video to this lesson, I’ve selected the middle position on my pickup selector switch so that I’m combining the neck and bridge pickups and effectively getting the best of both worlds—the bright attack of the bridge humbucker along with the rounder, warmer sound of the neck pickup. The run is shown in FIGURE 3. To make it easier to learn, I’ve broken it into three sections.</p> <p>Section 1 is a fairly straightforward E minor arpeggio that starts with the open low E string, then works its way up and across the neck to the D note on the 10th fret on the high E string via a series of finger slides and position shifts, as indicated below the tab.</p> <p>Section 2 is very short but a little more tricky due to the speed and timing of the slurred quintuplet figures used. This brings us to the third and final section, which is entirely fingerpicked.</p> <p>Section 3 calls on you to ditch your pick (as you’ll see in the video, I put mine in my mouth) and use your thumb, index finger and middle fingers to pick the notes. To make life easier, each finger is assigned its own string within a repeating “roll” pattern of eighth-note triplets played across the top three strings, save for the very last note, the open low E string, which I pick with the thumb. Assigning one finger per string in this manner is mechanically efficient and facilitates some serious picking speed once you get the technique and picking pattern down. For this run, the pattern is very simple—it’s just E string, B string, G string, repeat. </p> <p>What also makes this part of the run fairly easy to play is that the fret-hand fingering shape is repeated up and down the neck. If you’re not used to doing this, don’t worry. Although it might seem a little weird at first, you’ll get used to this style of picking pretty quickly, provided you stick with it.<br /> As always, master each section before moving onto the next. With a little bit of work, you’ll be playing the entire figure at speed in no time. See you next month.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/chop-shop-more-hybrid-picking-and-gypsy-jazz-tinged-run-e-minor#comments Chop Shop John 5 Rob Zombie Blogs Lessons Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:01:54 +0000 John 5 17402 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Five: Chop Shop (October 2011) Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-five-chop-shop-october-2011-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This video is bonus content related to the October 2011 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For full print reviews, lesson tabs and more, look for the October 2011 issue of </em>Guitar World<em> on newsstands now, or purchase this issue in our online store <a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=9&amp;products_id=263&amp;zenid=l9vharhlnksm5dg69kd0tmgs27">here</a>.</em></p> <p>In the October edition of "Chop Shop," John 5 focuses on "weird noises," which involve going behind the nut on a guitar without a locking nut.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1101429113001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1101429113001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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