Chordal Picking/Cross Picking Guitar Arpeggios Lesson 4/4 Time

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In this lesson we pick through some melodic arpeggiation. We do this by employing chordal picking/cross picking.

The picking pattern with the plectrum is,

Down Down Down

Up Up Up

Down Up

CrossPicking/Chordal Picking Arpeggio Guitar Loop

The above example is very useful to get the chordal/cross picking right hand guitar pattern down. It is just a loop that is brilliant to get a really confident 4/4 time in your picking hand.

The whole 4/4 Chordal/Cross picking melodic arpeggio pattern/piece.

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Altered Scale Jazz Fusion Guitar/piano unison lick/Line

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In this riff/line I employ alternate Picking but I start with an upstroke for the first phrase. After that I start the remaining phrases on a down stroke.

Jazz/Fusion altered scale chromatic guitar/piano unison riff

Although this line is D altered in terms of scalic concept it could also be thought of as shifting between D minor, D Dorian and Eb Melodic Minor.

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Robert Fripp [of Guitar Craft] guitar style angular idioms/primaries

Angular and Atonal guitar lines from primary exercises in the style of guitar craft maestro Robert Fripp.

Exercise 1: Example of alternate picking starting on the “Up” stroke [Odd patterns]

Robert Fripp [Guitar Craft] style angular phrase

Primary Exercises: For starting on the “Up” stroke for angular atonal guitar lines. [Compositional and Improvisational”]

Fripp “Upstroke” primary exercise 1

Primary Exercise 2

Fripp”Upstroke” primary 2

Primary Exercise 3

Fripp Primary exercise 3

Primary Exercise 4

Fripp primary exercise 4

Primary exercise 5

Fripp Primary exercise 5

Robert Fripp Long line/Extension

Robert Fripp Primary Exercises Application line

Fripp/Andy Summers chordal alternate picking example starting on a down stroke

Fripp/Summers Chordal picking example/exercise

Intervals: Tri-tone and Augmented 8th note movments

Tri Tone/Augmented Fripp 8th note applicationsThanks for

Starting on the “Down” Stroke alternate picking “Variation” of the first exercise

Fripp starting on the “Down” stroke alternate picking

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How to: Alternate picking Basics for newbies, beginners, starter guitarists!



Please watch the video below for the full demonstration of how to employ the basics and true mechanics of the strict “Alternate Picking” right hand guitar technique.

Open string exercise. Pluck “Down up” repetitively alternating strictly with the guitar pick. The plucking comes from the wrist. Also, do this exercise the other way with, “Up Down” alternating with the guitar plectrum. This is the basis of strict alternate picking right hand guitar technique.

alternate picking how to basics lesson

1 string alternate picking “Even” guitar Pattern/grouping of notes. ‘Down Up” etc

Alternate Picking “Even” grouping exercise [1 String]

With “Odd” groupings of notes notice that every time you pluck the pattern again you will be starting on a different picking stroke than you started with previously. So, “Down up down” will then become “Up down up”.

“Odd” Alternate Picking guitar pattern [1String]

Exercise: “Odd” grouping crossing 2 strings on the guitar. Again, notice the reversal of the pattern

Crossing 2 guitar string alternate picking “Odd” grouping

3 notes per string “Odd” pattern crossing all 6 guitar strings alternate picking strictly starting on a down stroke with the guitar pick. [Ascending and Descending].

Alternate Picking “Odd” grouping across 6 strings

“Even” grouping: Crossing all 6 strings ascending and descending employing strict alternate picking right hand guitar technique.

“Even” alternate picking guitar technique exercise

Final exercise: “Odd” pattern/grouping repeated.

IMPORTANT: This now becomes an “Even” pattern because it has been “Doubled”.

3 = odd But 2×3=6 which is now Even.

Meaning, that the two “Odd” patterns form one “Even” pattern which means that every time you cross the strings you will be “Repeating” the same strokes and not starting on a different one.

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Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style Lesson How to?



Matteo Mancuso’s guitar style is a mixture of Classical and the Jazz style of Wes Montgomery. I would look at it as more of a mixture of Flamenco “Picado” and a Bass 2 finger plucking concept though.

The main reason that guitar players may find this brilliant way of playing the guitar a bit confusing is that when it comes to “Jazz” or Improvisation you will need to be aware of “Odd and Even” patterns due to the “Chromaticism” inherent in the jazz line.

Fingerstyle Consideration 1:

Notice that every time you cross the strings playing in groups of 3 notes you will cross with a different finger in the right plucking hand. This is because you are dealing with an ODD Pattern. So the pattern in the plucking hand will be: 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 etc.

Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style lesson “Odd” Groupings

With “Even groupings” of 4 notes you will cross with the same finger in the right plucking hand every time.

Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style Lesson

A good example is to think of it this way when beginning. Groupings of 3 as your Triplets

Groupings of 4 as your Jazz time or Double timed line.

Mixing up the rhythmic groupings: Notice the group of 3 [Triplets] and Group of 4 [8th notes]

The next step is to use “Target Tones” [or Enclosure/Approach notes]. Notice that the first set starts “ON” the beat, employing even 4 note grouping.

Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style Lesson

The next concept is to employ “Target Tones” “OFF”- the beat.

Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style”Target Tones”

You may also find “Even” note chromaticism mixed with Arpeggios.

Matteo Mancuso guitar arpeggio/chromatics Style Lesson

Lastly: a simple 1 string exercise demonstrating how to manipulate scales with the two plucking fingers from the right hand.

Matteo Mancuso Guitar Style Lesson Triplets

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