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Week Two Lesson – Hybrid Picking Bluesy Riff

Here’s the pdf with tab. Hybrid Picking Blues Riff

The tab shows typical symbols for downstrokes, upstrokes, hammer ons and pulloffs and I also add an ‘r’ above the notes that I use my ring finger for (The m/r indicates use your middle and ring finger together). You don’t have to follow this exactly, but it works for me especially at high speeds. Things you can do differently at slower speeds may not work for you when you crank up the metronome tempo. Some of you may prefer your middle finger, etc which is okay. A lot of the picking and legato techniques create its unique sound, but feel free to alter it as you see fit. If you read music or understand the theory, you’ll notice that in 2 different octaves I use a similar idea – that is the movement from the minor 3rd (D) to the major 3rd (D#) which is very typical in bluesy playing. Enjoy!

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Week One Lesson – Sweep Picking Arpeggios

I’ve also included the tab for this lesson.

You want to pick downward in one continuous pick stroke and the upward in one continuous pick stroke. Similar to playing a chord, but you need to synchronize your left and right hand so that after you pick each note, the left hand lifts off the string slightly to dampen the string and prevent it from ringing. You don’t want to hear all the notes together, but each note individually. It should feel like the pick is falling to the next string from the weight of your picking hand, especially when you play it slowly.

Note the symbols showing downstrokes and upstrokes. You can pick the highest pitched note if you want too if you can’t get the proper volume from hammering on and sliding. Some of the effect at high speeds comes from the sliding, legato effect however.

Enjoy! Feel free comment and also to post requests for specific topics in the comments section. For more in-depth look at this topic, check out this book on sweep picking.

Week One Song – “Rough Go.mp3”

Well, as promised here’s the first song in the “Song A Week Series”!

It was definitely a “Rough Go”, with me moving from Calgary to Victoria, moving into a bachelor suite, starting a new contract and trying to write a song after work! Here’s the tune (click the ‘Read more’ link to see actual link to song):

Rough Go

Video game music samples

Here’s a tune I did recently when applying to write music for a video game (Click ‘Read more’ link to see actual links).

War Game

Older Lessons – prior to July 2007

This page has the lessons that were on the previous version of the site. All my previous (and new) videos on YouTube can be found here. (You can click ‘More from this user’ to see my other videos at YouTube). For my ‘Lesson A Week’ Project, click here.

These lessons have an old menu from my previous site design and open in a new window so you don’t lose where you are in this area!

The major scales lesson tab in pdf is here.

The blues progression lesson & tab is here.

The pentatonic lesson & tab is here.

The basic chords lesson & tab is here.

The metal riffs/palm muting tab is here in gif format.

The bar chords lesson is here.

Songs Prior to July 2007

This is my older music prior to the Song-A-Week challenge that occurred in July/Aug 2007. Free for you to download and share. See below the table of music for the details of the creative commons license.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps   Download   Beatles remake. Feb. 5, 2007
Em Funk Stream

  Em track with brass, guitar, bass and drums. Jan. 10, 2007

Cm Funk

  Great backing track tune with drums, bass and keyboard Dec 20, 2006
Cminor blues Jam Track Stream

Chord Progression PDF Great backing track tune with drums, bass and keyboard Dec 20, 2006



Using Reason 3.0, wah guitar
Rippin’.mp3 Download Example
“shredding” over
dance drum beat
Download Similar
to Rippin’
but with verse/chorus and solo
Time Will
Download Electronic
drums, piano and electric guitar
(Feb. 25, 2006)
Reflections Download Acoustic
guitar left, electric right
(Feb. 23, 2006)


Slide on Blues
Stream Sample

Slide guitar tune
Willy’s Blues
Stream Sample

Only 3 guitars
Blues remixed.mp3
Download Tab (New!) A short
bluesy tune. Remixed May 9, 2006

Creative Commons License

This music free to share under a Creative
Commons Music Sharing License

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