This tab teaches 4 “bluesy” boogie woogie runs out of the key of G. Two of the patterns are “open” patterns, meaning they have open strings. But, two of the patterns are “closed” patterns (no open strings), which means you can use them in ANY key…and I show you how to do that!
I don’t understand why we don’t alternate pick in measure 2. Too hard?
Because those are all downbeats and my “rule” is downstrokes for downbeats, and upstrokes on the ups.
Uh-oh. Even though I’ve been playing in a band setting for 20+ years, I’ve stayed fairly (and blissfully) unaware of the “downbeat/upbeat” deal. Damn! Another new trick for an old dog to learn; and a harder one, since it sounds like I may have to enlist my brain’s help . . … Sure feels natural to alternate my pick here, though . . .
I don’t have a problem you doing alternating picking on those quarter notes in measure 2, but I’m mighty picky about it when eighth notes are being played.
Ha! I bet you’re even “pickier” with sixteenth notes!
Same rule applies, 99% of the time! It gets a bit whacko with triplets, and it’s not very often that we alternate pick 16th notes.