Pick 5

This B minor alternate picking exercise is constructed of groupings of 5 notes played horizontally (across strings) and vertically (on a single string). The first horizontal grouping descends using an up 3/down 2 pattern on string 1 and a down 3/up 2 pattern on string 2. When switching to the ascending vertical sequence notice that a repeated note must be played in order to maintain the picking pattern. The vertical sequence ascends using two groupings of 5: up 3/down 2 and down 3/up 2. Another repeated note is used when the pattern switches from the vertical ascending sequence to a new horizontal ascending sequence: down 3/up 2 on string 3 and up 3/down 2 on string 2

This exercise uses a 16th note rhythm which divides each beat into four parts. If the sequence was based around groupings of 4, each part of the sequence would start right on the beat. But because the sequence is based on groupings of 5, each part of the sequence is displaced until four repetitions of five notes are played. After the fourth repetition the sequence lands on the downbeat and the "5 over 4" cycle begins again.

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What style of music does guitarist Tom Kopyto play? "My music is one part 21st century metal riffing that will make you bang your head and one part late 80's/early 90's instrumental melodic shred guitar that's played extremely fast waaay up on the tiny strings," explains Tom. "It kinda sounds like 'chug, chug, chug....wheedly, wheedly, wheedly, weeee.'"

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