Practice Journal: Dorian Hybrid Picking

In his fantastic book of technical exercises, Sheets of Sound for Guitar, Jack Zucker presents an exercise utilizing this pattern:

I love the hemiola that occurs when I repeat this pattern using regular eighth notes against a 4/4 pulse. A couple of days ago, I constructed a lick that begins with the seven-note pattern, but then allows it to blossom into something delightfully asymmetrical. Note the right hand directions; I prefer to use hybrid picking, combining flatpicked downstrokes with middle finger plucks.

In practice, I found it quite natural to digress from this specific sequence of notes and rhythms. At a show the very next evening, a similar lick popped up in one of my solos. I suspect I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of this material.

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