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The Serious Guitarist -- Right Hand Picking

A Technique-Building Approach for the Dedicated Guitarist

By Mark Burgess

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A Technique-Building Approach for the Dedicated Guitarist. Composed by Mark Burgess. Guitar Method or Supplement; Technique Musicianship. The Serious Guitarist. Blues; Jazz; Rock. Book and Digital Download. 64 pages. Alfred Music #00-40913. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40913).

Item Number: AP.40913

ISBN 9780739095478. English.

When it comes to right-hand picking technique, serious guitarists have waited patiently for a comprehensive book to address these specialized skills. Until now, rock, blues, and jazz players have not had a book devoted entirely to right-hand picking. The Serious Guitarist: Right Hand Picking fills this gap with a unique, dedicated approach to pick playing that you've always been looking for. You'll learn the most efficient way to hold and use a pick, and discover ways to increase efficiency when moving from string to string. Lessons are organized by the number of strings---beginning on a single string, then progressing to two-string exercises, then three, all the way up to six strings. The featured exercises have been thoughtfully developed into musical ideas and licks to give a clear example of how you can incorporate the exercises into your own playing. This way, you will be playing music, not just exercises. Right Hand Picking provides the tools you need to become a better guitar player, but more importantly, it will help you become a better musician. The included online audio features demonstrations of the examples in the book.

  • Introduction 
  • History of the Pick 
  • Holding the Pick 
  • Arm and Hand Position 
  • Using a Metronome 
  • Economy of Motion 
  • One-String Exercises 
  • Rhythmic Variations to Help Anticipate Any Motion 
  • About the Make It Musical Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on One String 
  • Two-String Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on Two Strings 
  • Three-String Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on Three Strings 
  • Four-String Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on Four Strings 
  • Five-String Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on Five Strings 
  • Six-String Exercises 
  • Make It Musical on Six Strings 
  • String-Skipping Exercises  
  • Make It Musical While String Skipping 
  • Musical Pieces 
  • Final Thoughts 

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