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Happy new year everyone! I want to start this year off with a bang! So here it goes. We are going to start out with something a little different. Time for some alternate picking. No, not nose picking…. alternate picking. So, take your finger outta yer nose and grab a pick. The first thing that I did was write out the main theme to “17th Century Chicken Pickin'” by Impellitteri. This song is a MUST LEARN! Chris Impellitteri is one of my favorite guitarists. We start in classic E minor here. I strongly suggest starting on a down stroke. The whole song is in triplets. So get out your metronome!!!!! “Do I have to? I hate that damn thing!” I know, I know. BUT, stop whining and just do it!!!!!!!!

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|*------------------------12-11-9-14-12-11------------------12-11-9---------------------
|-----------------9-10-12------------------14-12-10-12-10-9---------10-9-7-12-10-9------
|*10-9----9-10-12-----------------------------------------------------------------------
|------12-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|-------------------------------------------------------10---------------10-14-12-10----
|-------------------------10--------------13p12-----------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------14-11h14--14p11----11h14----------------
|-10-9----9-10-12-10-12-14--14-12-10-12-14----------------------12----------------------
|------12-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|-----------17-14----------14-17-15-14-19-15----------15-19-17-15-----------------------
|-----------------15----15-------------------15----15-------------15-13-12--------------
|--14-12-11----------14-------------------------16-------------------------14-12-11-----
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--12-11-9-11-9-----------*|
|---------------12-10-9----|
|-----------------------12*|
|--------------------------|

Now let’s say it together: Impellitteri = Awesome. That’s what I like to hear. Now let us hit up some slick sounding picking licks. Here is a sweet lick that uses the same notes with different timbre. Check it:

|---------12-15-17-15-12-----------------10-12-15-12-10----------|
|-12-15-17--------------17-15-12-10-12-15--------------15-12-10--|
|---------------------------------------------------------------*|
|---------------------------------------------------------------*|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Now we are going to change direction once again. If you have ever looked at a major scale, then you know it is made of the cords in the sequence of: Maj. Mi. Mi. Maj. Maj. Mi. Mi7b5 In that order. Now lets apply this to arpeggios in the key of D major: Dmaj, Emi, F#mi, Gmaj, Amaj, Bmi, C#mi7b5 (diminished), Dmaj Now let us tab it out in an alternating ascending/descending pattern:

-----2h5/7p3---------5h9/10p7-------------9h12/14p10-----------------12h15/17p14---------
----3-------5-------7--------8----------10----------12-------------14-----------15-------
---2---------4-----6----------7--------9--------------11---------12---------------14-----
--4-----------5---7------------9-----11-----------------12-----14-------------------16---
-5-------------7/9--------------10/12---------------------14/16-----------------------17-
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Now isn’t that nice? Speaking of nice, here is a nice alternate picking lick for you to chew on. Learn it in sections. Start slow. Use a metronome! You can hear this bad boy played to speed on Racer X’s “Extreme Volume 1 live” cd. Listen to “Paul’s Solo.” This lick rocks!

----------10----------15-12-10------------------------|
-10-12-13----13-12-10----------13-12------------------|
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Here is another cool sweeping sequence that I came up with. Enjoy. A minor.

--------------------8h12p8-----8h12t17p12p8---------|
------------------10------10-10------------10-------|
-----9h10p9------9----------9----------------9-----*|
---10------10--10-----------------------------10---*|
-12----------12---------------------------------12--|
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Before I leave you….it wouldn’t be right unless I left you all with a lick that is so completely INSANE that you lose sleep practicing it!!!! So here is my insane lick of the month for you all to chew on :) Four octaves of string skipping on one fret board! holy ****! Play as fast as possible! You had better eat a whole box of “Wheaties” before you even attempt this!

------------------------------------------------------------14-15-17---
--------------------------------7-8-10-8-7-----------7-8-10------------
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-------4-5-7-5-4----------4-5-7------------7-5-4-5-7-------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-2-3-5-----------5-3-2-3-5---------------------------------------------

-15-14----------------14-15-17-14-15-----------------------------------
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-------14-12-11-12-14----------------14-12-11---------------11-12-14---
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----------------------------------------------12-10-9-10-12------------
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---------------2~------------------------------------------------------
---------------2~------------------------------------------------------
-12-11---------2~------------------------------------------------------
---------------4~------------------------------------------------------
-------12-10-9-4~------------------------------------------------------
---------------2~------------------------------------------------------

Damn my hands hurt just looking at that! Well that is all this time around. I hope you enjoyed this month’s column.

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