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"Woodpeckers": Spice up your playing!

"Think of your pick like a woodpecker's beak." What I call "woodpeckers" are a great way to add some spice to your playing. They're almost hidden from view, but a big part of creating an authentic sound on guitar! Let's begin with a single bar example, using only 2 notes presented in a musical (in this case rhythmically satisfying) manner. I'm using notes from the A minor pentatonic scale which give a bluesy sound when played over an A major backing. It's a good example of how to turn plain scale notes into music. See video below. The circled "x" on beats one and three indicates what I term a "woodpecker" (WP). Think of your pick like a woodpecker's beak. It "pecks" through the guitar s

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