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How to Play String Skipping Arpeggios on Heavy Metal Guitar

Let musician Alex Skolnick teach you how to play string skipping arpeggios in this heavy metal guitar lesson from Howcast.

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Okay. I want to talk to you about string skipping arpeggios. A common way to play arpeggios is just taking triads and linking them. In a sweep picking arpeggio, you might do something like this. Okay, and I have another lesson on sweep picked arpeggios. And that gives you options, like this.

That's very cool, but you have other options if you do a string skipped arpeggio. Say I only want to go up to C on the 8th fret. That might be difficult here, but if I move to the second finger, and I play two notes on the next string, on the fourth string, but then I skip the string, that's the idea here, skip to the tenth fret. So, now I'm going to emphasis more hammer ons and pull offs. Alright. So I can't really do that here. I could, but it doesn't feel the same. I could move that to G major. Alright, so same thing. Two string triad, skipping the second string. You could move it to F, then E, E major. Alright, so if I play those together.

There you have it. Again, those could be done all over the neck. And that's just a starter example. Go slow, and have fun with string skipping arpeggios.

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