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Pick Technique, Part 2: Upstrokes and Swing

This lesson is part of the course Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn to play fiddle tunes and other bluegrass and roots melodies, with an emphasis on alternate picking, simple scales, and developing good picking- and fretting-hand technique. Designed for guitarists just starting to play melodies as well as intermediate players who want to work on their flatpicking technique.
 
 
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The B part of “Sally Gooden” starts with a simple scale fragment, starting on the open G, that may be familiar from the Alternating Picking video. Scott walks you through the melody of the B part phrase by phrase, and gives you advice on keeping your fretting-hand fingers in position above the notes, as well as “planting” them: keeping them down on the fret until after you play the next note in the phrase.These are very important things to work on, as they give your playing a lot of fluidity and make your fingering more efficient.
 
 
 
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Upstrokes and Swing   
 
Upstrokes and Swing   
 
Pick Technique, Part 2: Upstrokes and Swing
Pick Technique, Part 2: Upstrokes and Swing
 
Upstrokes are important not only for flatpickers playing fiddle tunes and bluegrass solos, but for rhythm guitarists trying to lock in with the rhythmic feel of the people they’re playing with as well as for communicating how much “swing” a song has. A lot of flatpickers play with some sense of swing, though at fast tempos it can be difficult to hear. Scott defines swing and shows you that the timing of the upstroke is what defines whether a song has swing or not.  

 
 
 
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