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← Guitar Quick Tip #11: Practice Breaking Strings (Guitar Lesson QT-011)

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  1. Hey! How ya doing?
  2. Justin here with another quick tip for you,
  3. and today it is practice breaking strings.
  4. Now, I don't mean actually to practice breaking your strings
  5. cuz that would be kinda crazy,
  6. but breaking strings is kind of inevitable.
  7. It's gonna happen if you're out playing gigs and stuff.
  8. Sooner or later you're gonna bust a string on stage, it happens.
  9. Even often times I've restrung a guitar just before a show,
  10. and I've still managed to snap a string.
  11. Perhaps I've been getting into it particularly hard one day and it,
  12. you know, one of the strings popped.
  13. So, what I would recommend is that you kind of get ready for the emergency,
  14. and practice it a bit beforehand so you're not into a complete panic when it happens to you on stage.
  15. So, the way I used to practice it was to imagine a string had broken.
  16. If you wanted to, you could actually take different strings off.
  17. That wouldn't be a bad plan cuz it does feel a little different when there's a string gone,
  18. actually taken off the guitar.
  19. It kinda feels weird, but you don't have to go that far.
  20. The thing that I'd recommend that you practice,
  21. it's kinda fun as well, it'll help you explore the instrument,
  22. is just to pretend a string is missing.
  23. So, put on a backing track for 12 bar blues and do a 12 bar blues solo,
  24. but don't touch the second string.
  25. It's really interesting what happens, cuz so many of our licks go over that second string,
  26. Right?
  27. There's loads of them.
  28. All of your position changing stuff
  29. Loads of things are involved around that
  30. So suddenly when you take it away,
  31. or you can't use it,
  32. all of, well most of your licks don't work.
  33. So you have to kind of find new licks,
  34. and that can be kind of cool,
  35. cuz it forces you to explore things in a slightly different way.
  36. Now if you're a real beginner, it's just gonna be kinda be difficult right?
  37. Cuz you won't have enough vocabulary,
  38. enough licks to try and kind of get your way around.
  39. But if you're able to do a solo, you know,
  40. and you've got a little bit of vocabulary with your licks and stuff,
  41. it's a really, really fun exercise.
  42. You think about just the minor pentatonic scale,
  43. suddenly you've got that gap
  44. where you're not gonna play that second string.
  45. So all of like,
  46. you can't do those licks anymore.
  47. It would be,
  48. cuz all of the second string's gone.
  49. So it'll really make you explore.
  50. One of the things that's kinda interesting is
  51. to think along the strings instead of up and down.
  52. Most people think in terms of positions.
  53. But if you've got a kind of a groove,
  54. you could,
  55. That was all just the thinner string.
  56. So, trying to avoid the second string
  57. meant that I just stayed on the 1 string.
  58. Which is really good cuz you're kind of exploring it.
  59. I would never have played that particular line
  60. had I had access to the second string.
  61. Just because my fingers wouldn't have done that.
  62. So I've just found a new little thing.
  63. And also, when you skip a string,
  64. it sounds pretty interesting,
  65. particularly in blues. It's kinda more common
  66. to do string skippy stuff in rock and metal.
  67. But in a blues context,
  68. it's just a different kind of flavor that you get
  69. when suddenly the second string's taken away.
  70. It's really weird, but it's a great experience
  71. and a really good learning curve
  72. cuz it is gonna happen sooner or later in your
  73. guitar playing life you're gonna bust a string.
  74. So, much better to be prepare a little bit,
  75. I'm not saying you practice this all the time,
  76. just as a fun thing, you know, you're in a bit of a rut,
  77. not sure what to practice,
  78. this is the kind of thing that can open up a few doors,
  79. make you think just a little bit more different.
  80. "More different," terrible English.
  81. If anyone's learning English, forget that phrase.
  82. That's just really bad.
  83. You can see things differently is what I meant to say.
  84. And it's a really cool, fun thing you know.
  85. So, go off and have an explore.
  86. Either take the string off or just ban one string
  87. from a particular improvisation.
  88. Second string's kind of one of the hardest ones actually,
  89. but it's a good one to start off with just because
  90. it'll teach you straight away.
  91. Thinner string is a bit weird
  92. because a lot of guys rely on the thinner string
  93. for moving around, and the thick strings,
  94. for your chord playing, could be interesting too.
  95. Go off and have a check out of that idea,
  96. and I'll see you for many more quick tips and lessons
  97. and stuff very soon.
  98. Take care of yourselves, bye bye.