Hybrid Metal 101 - Arpeggios

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Hybrid Metal 101 - Harmonic Minor

So let's spread it out and get to the meat and potatoes of what this technique is really about. Hybrid picking is fantastic way of covering wide intervals without making any drastic right hand movements.

EXERCISE 1: This exercise highlights a minor seven (m7) arpeggio and is fairly "confined" on the fretboard - meaning we aren't spreading our hand extra far to achieve the sound we will in turn hear. Play slowly and pay extra close attention to killing string noise (for more help on that subject, check out my last tutorial entitled "Kill The Noise!".

EXERCISE 2: Let's get a little freakier with the harmony and highlight a dominant seven (7) arpeggio. The fingering will get a little tangly so make sure string skips are made efficiently to achieve the utmost possible cleanliness.

EXERCISE 3: This next exercise highlights a minor seven add eleven arpeggio (m7add11). Think of this as a simple extension of the Bm pentatonic, though, as you will quickly notice that the exercise is literally nothing more than that. The "shrinking" number of notes being played between higher string-skipped notes is usually grounds for fumbling, so be aware of what notes go where and, as usual, play slow!

That's it for now, folks! See you on the flip side!