Learn string skipping – the guitar technique that can supercharge your lead playing

String skipping guitar lesson
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This special tutorial focuses on the art of string skipping with a guitar pick. The aim is to develop your picking hand accuracy and also to provide you with some interesting new soloing ideas.

String skipping is a simple concept: the notes you play are on non-adjacent strings, so you have to ‘skip’ over certain strings as you play – and this calls for accurate picking. 

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).