Unlocking the Neck: part 3

For this weeks post, we move on to part 3 or in other words, the 3rd string…  the G!

Lets get right to it and if anyone needs a refresher on what this series is all about or would like a refresher on the key and point of what we’re doing, please refer to: Unlocking the Neck & Unlocking the Neck: part 2.

Now, on to the G string:

G– 0 2 4 5 7 9 10 12 14 16 17 19 21

Just like last time, I want you to do the following and practice sequences ascending up and then down the neck as follows, FOUR TIMES EACH. And please, use alternate picking!!

G —- 0 2 4 (4 times)
2 4 5 (4 times)
4 5 7 (4 times)
5 7 9 (4 times)
7 9 10 (4 times)
9 10 12 (4 times)
10 12 14 (4 times)
12 14 16 (4 times)
14 16 17 (4 times)
16 17 19 (4 times)

17 19 21 (4 times) — now you descend the neck —-
21 19 17 (4 times)
19 17 16 (4 times)
17 16 14 (4 times)
16 14 12 (4times)
14 12 10 (4 times)
12 10 9 (4 times)
10 9 7 (4 times)
9 7 5 (4 times)
7 5 4 (4 times)
5 4 2 (4 times)
4 2 0 (4 times)

At this point, if you take the new mapped out notes on the G string and remember the high E and B string you have the following mapped out on the neck.

E– 0 1 3 5 7 8 10 12 13 15 17 19 20
B– 0 1 3 5 6 8 10 12 13 15 17 18 20
G– 0 2 4 5 7 9 10 12 14 16 17 19 21

Cool, so now we have the high 3 strings to work with. Now the “learning” gets fun because we can start soloing for warm ups. I find
that I often do neo-classical type warm up/shredding to get myself all warmed up. Again, lets dive right into it.

E 12 13 15 17 17 19 20 20 17
B 13 17 20 17
G 14

19 17 15 14

E 5 7 8 7 5
B 5 5
G 5 5 7 9 10 12 14

Try working licks onto the 3 strings where you go all around the neck. Also try climbing on one string for awhile and then find a note on a different string and start moving around the neck doing this technique. This will give you some cool sounding licks, as well as you will start seeing patterns all around the neck for ad-libing or writing.

Lastly, one more lick to play.

E 8 10 12 10 12 13
B 8 10 12 10 12 13
G 9 10 12
10 12 14

Now, start playing and get off to the races with that metronome!

  • matt

    hi everthing you teach is awsome. cant thank you enough for what i learned with out paying. your the man!!!!! please dont stop posting!!!!! Thanks again!

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