How To Do Alternate Picking On A Lydian Scale

Hey, how’s it going this is Darrin Goodman with Guitar Control, I want to show you a little lick that’s inspired by Paul Gilbert. I heard him do this sort of thing lots and lots of times. It’s kind of a, I guess you would say, trademark lick of his.


Lydian Scale Pattern in the Style of Paul Gilbert - Guitar Lesson on Alternate Picking Lick

Today was going to be playing this lick based out of the Lydian mode, but you can play it using any of the positions of the major scales using three notes per string. It’s a sequence. It’s basically a little mathematical sequence that you can play, pattern based on two strings and then you just move up to the next pair of strings.

Starting at the 10th fret of the 6th string and were going to play three notes on this string and I’m alternate picking this, by the way. And then we move to the 5 string and we play 11, 12, and 14.

Now we repeat those three notes and we go to the next note on the text string. So this is actually a pattern based on three strings, not two strings. As I said, we repeat notes and 11, 12, 14 and then we add 11 on the 4th string and then we descend back two notes, so 14 and 12. The entire sequence of three strings.

Now we just simply repeat that same sequence but starting on the 5th string, so 11, 12, 14, and then the same frets, 11, 12, 14, on the 4th string. Now we repeat those three notes and then we add the 11th fret on the 3rd string.

Now, you could just continue with this pattern, so on and so forth. But in this case, what he actually does is he stops on the 3rd string. When he gets to the 11th fret on the 3rd string and he just simply does a hammer-on and pull-off, 11, 14, 11. The entire sequence again up to tempo.

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