Practice Journal: My Latest Obsession

Most descending licks tend to move from string to string scale-wise. My thing lately is coming up with sequences that move upward on one string, then down to the next string by a large interval. Specifically, sequences like this:

Here, we have three ascending notes on string one, then a skip downward a 7th as we cross strings. This is one of my favorite things right now. It began with the “Crushing Day”-inspired figure in my last post, and has spawned a few ideas since.

Here’s an alternate version, with one note altered in each iteration of the pattern. I find it a bit more angular sounding.

Try to observe the legato markings, and bring this up into the neighborhood of 124 bpm. Articulate smoothly as possible — Eric Johnson smooth.

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