Great Picking Exercise On Lead Guitar From Flight Of The Bumblebee

Hi, this is Darrin Goodman with Guitar Control, I want to show you
how to play “Flight of the Bumblebee”. I think it’s a really great picking exercise for alternate picking for your right hand.

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Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.

I’m not really fond of this type because it’s not diatonic; it’s completely chromatic. You have all these notes just a half-step apart from each other,
but in this context I think it sounds kind of cool.

Starting off, we’re on the 8th fret of the 2nd string with your middle finger; to the 7th fret and that’s a down stroke, to the 7th fret, is an upstroke. Now we switch to the 3rd string, starting at the 10th fret, and this is a down stroke. Down, up, on 9, down on 8.

Then from there, we go back to the 2nd string, but we start on the 9th fret now: 9, 8, 7, 8; back to the 3rd string and then ascend back up. You simply repeat that sequence over and over again. Something you should practice with a metronome and start off slow and slowly build up your speed. It’s a really recognizable lick.

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