Guitar Exercises – Permutations 3

In this lesson well start to explore three note groupings and exercises. They say three is the magic number, and I’d have to agree. I love the sound created when an odd rhythm (triplet) is played over an even rhythm (a 4/4 time signature). It produces a rhythmic tension which adds excitement to the music.

In lessons one and two in this series we looked at finger exercises which used four note groupings and all of the permutations that they offered. In this lesson well start to explore three note groupings and exercises.

They say three is the magic number, and I’d have to agree. I love the sound created when an odd rhythm (triplet) is played over an even rhythm (a 4/4 time signature). It produces a rhythmic tension which adds excitement to the music.

When first practicing these three note exercises it is important to pay attention to your picking pattern. Notice in the example below how the pick direction alternates from one downbeat to the next due to the odd number of beats.

Alternate Picking for Three Note Patterns

Use this pattern for picking, alternating up and down strokes

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Here are two ways that you can approach practicing groups of threes. In the first way you simply play the three note groupings across the neck and back in a zig-zag pattern.

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In the second way you double up each three note grouping before switching to the next string.

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