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Offline justinguitar

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BL-210 • Creating Blues Riffs
« on: January 04, 2012, 10:18:16 am »
« Last Edit: January 25, 2012, 01:19:17 am by Indigo »
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Re: BL-210 • Creating Blues Riffs
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 08:28:54 pm »
Should the beginning note of these riffs always be picked with a down stroke or does it not matter? I found myself having to start on upstrokes after the first riff had been played (1 bar of music).

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Re: BL-210 • Creating Blues Riffs
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 08:43:44 pm »
Two part answer:

No they don't HAVE to start on the first down beat.

But you NEED to be ABLE to start them on the down beat.

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Re: BL-210 • Creating Blues Riffs
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 08:44:45 pm »
If the riff is complete and makes musical sense then you should be able to start on down strokes. If it's a two bar riff then bar 2 may or may not be an upstroke.

A riff should stand on it's own so you can play them by starting with down stroke.

Can you write you riff out so we can see it?
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Re: BL-210 • Creating Blues Riffs
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 12:23:59 pm »
The particular riff I was playing was the one Justin plays between 2:15 and 2:19 of the BL-210 youtube video.

But I have realised what was probably causing me the problem. I think I was getting my strokes out of sync by sometimes using two down strokes for the first couple of quavers of the riff instead of alternating between down and upstrokes. Therefore I was out of sync by the end of the riff (finishing with a down stroke) and needed to play an upstroke to repeat the riff.

Another aspect of this is that when the picking hand has to move over a string (e.g. from the 4th string to the 6th string) it sometimes feels easier to use and upstroke to start playing again because the picking hand has less distance to travel in doing that.

Thanks for your advice.