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No Straight 4’s

            Here’s an idea that will help you develop your phrasing for soloing and creating melodies. I notice many guitar players that are developing their soloing skills tend to play a little stiff. One reason is the natural tendency to play repeating sequences of four notes over a sixteenth note pattern. For example, let’s say that we’re soloing in G minor using a G minor Pentatonic scale. Someone might use this repeating sequence: D, F, G, Bb// D, F, G, Bb// D, F, G, Bb// D, F, G, Bb. Do you notice it getting stale already? Well here’s one solution. Use a three note pattern over straight sixteenths. Take a note out of that group of four. Now the sequence sounds more syncopated (accenting the off beats) and a little more lively. You might end up with D, F, G, D// F, G, D, F// G, D, F, G// D, F, G, D. Notice that the sequence starts on D every 4th round. You can try the opposite as well – a group of four notes over triplets. So remember – three note sequences over sixteenths or four note sequences over triplets. Go for it! 

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