7 Note Groupings

Welcome back! Last lesson I showed you how to incorporate groups of 5s into your playing, and by now, you should be getting the hang of it. In this lesson we will continue with our odd note groupings, we will focus on 7 note groupings that you can use instead of your typical 3's and 4's. For the first few of the examples we will be using two 7 note patterns 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3 and 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2. All these examples are in 4/4 time.

Example 1 is moving across two strings and is constructed using the 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3 pattern. This can be a great exercise to help develop your picking technique. This example will be more effective if you accent each group of 7.

MP3 - Example 1

Example 2 is an ostinato phrase using the 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2 pattern. Make sure you start slow and keep both hands synced at all times.

MP3 - Example 2

Example 3 is the same pattern as the previous example, but this one is moving up the neck on one string in the A phrygian scale (A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G). I only gave you up to the first bar, continue all the way up the neck on all strings.

MP3 - Example 3

Example 4 is the same pattern as the previous example, but this one is moving up the neck on one string in the A phrygian scale (A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G). I only gave you up to the first bar, continue all the way up the neck on all strings.

MP3 - Example 4

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OK, that is it for this lesson! Make up your own patterns and apply them to your playing. Visit mikecampese.com for more information.

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