Economy Picking – The 3-1-3 Pattern – Lesson 78

About Economy Picking – The 3-1-3 Pattern – Lesson 78

Level: Advanced

Economy Picking – The 3-1-3 Pattern – Lesson 78

In this lesson we show you the 3-1-3 pattern over a simple Pentatonic scale.

Syn’s Tips

I use the 3-1-3 for pentatonics all of the time! When you really delve into this technique, you will find an entire universe of tricks and licks that sound other worldly! And we will get there, be patient! Get the basics down for now!

Apply this to all of the other scales you know that are 3 notes per string. This is why I’ve learned as many scales as possible in that formula because it is extremely conducive to Eco picking.

Practice to a metronome and backing tracks and if you are having trouble, upload a video of the issue to the "Lesson Comments" section below so we can all help you figure this stuff out.

Don’t get frustrated, this will all come to you in time! It’s a process and one that should be enjoyed so take breaks when you need, and just jam to the backing tracks without worrying about anything, Just Play!

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Kyle Magner
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Kyle Magner I find it going up pretty smooth and not too challenging. However, applying the 313 going back down to the top string seems nearly impossible. Any suggestions?
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. It's usually the right hand that is the problem. Play 567 on the 5th string. 6 on the 4th string. 567 on the 3rd string. 6 on the 2nd string. And 567 on the 1st string. These are more or less nonsense notes, but this takes the stretch out and lets you concentrate on your picking hand. Remember to start with an upstroke going down.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. I’m having trouble with the 5-8-10 stretch. Any tips?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I love that you even give yourself great advice!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Start on the 12th fret (12-15-17) This is a much easier stretch. Spend 5 minutes on the 12th fret and then move to to the 11th fret for 5 minutes. Then THE NEXT DAY - 5 minutes on the 11th fret and then 5 minutes on the 10th fret. Try moving down one fret per day. If it hurts too much - spend an extra day on the same fret. GO SLOW. Don't overdo it. Building muscles and elasticity takes time. Good luck!
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I am wondering, How do you do all the different positions in this way because i really like to switch positions. I know pretty much all of them in regular pentatonic but how do I do that with 3-1-3 pattern?
Coda Calypso
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Coda Calypso If you are starting on the e string, then the first note you would normally play on the a string is played at a higher fret on the e string instead. Then the other note on the a string and straight to the d sting. Instead of two notes per string, it’s two notes and half of the next string.
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