Introduction to String Skipping

Guitar Lesson


In this guitar lesson you will start down the exciting path of developing your string skipping skills which will tear down all sorts of technical barriers and liberate your fingers to move anyway they want!
Guitar Lesson Objectives:
  1. Become familiar with the technique of string skipping
  2. Start developing the necessary muscle memory to make string skipping natural
  3. Apply string skipping to Pentatonic Scales
Ok, got it - just take me to the exercises for this lesson!

String skipping is not something you hear about that often, though most technically accomplished guitarists have it as part of their technique arsenal. In this guitar lesson, not only am I going to get you started on string skipping, but I will also show you how to look at the all too familiar Pentatonic Minor Scale in a new way.? Looking at familiar things in new ways is always useful in music!

Technically, any time you skip a string and play notes on non-adjacent strings you are string skipping. For instance, going from E string to G string. But in this guitar lesson I am not talking about string skipping as something that you occasionally do in your playing. I am talking about string skipping as its own unique technique which requires its own way to develop and master.

This guitar lesson will keep things fairly simple, but even in its simplest form string skipping can be pretty formidable because of the mayhem that can happen between string skips - getting pick stuck on intervening string, pick landing on the wrong string, pick getting sliced in half on the way to the desired string. You get the point. Very non-fun stuff can happen which is why you don't see a lot of players string skipping unless they are finger picking or hybrid picking. But I want to show you that even using a pick you can string skip through very intricate passages.

Because of the challenges that string skipping poses, it is very important to have a practice regimen that solidifies your muscle memory. Since string skipping may seem unnatural, you need to train your fingers to get used to the jumps that are inherent in string skipping. My string skipping guitar lessons are designed wit this in mind. After a while you won't care whether you are skipping from low E to G or low E to high E. After a while, your fingers will have practiced so many variations that any sort of skip will just feel natural.

So get started and have fun developing this very cool technique!

Exercises in this String Skipping Guitar Lesson

String Skipping Through Minor Pentatonic


In this exercise I will get you started down the path of string skipping by showing you how the technique can be applied to the Pentatonic Minor scale.

String Skipping Through Major Pentatonic


In this exercise we continue our introduction to string skipping, this time using the Major Pentatonic scale as our example.

String Skipping Triplets with Pentatonic Scales


In this exercise we will take the familiar concept of triplets and apply it to string skipping as a way to create fiery, unique sounding Pentatonic passages.

Pentatonic String Skipping Across Fretboard


In this string skipping exercise we are going to shift gears a bit and have you string skipping up the fretboard to reinforce position shifting and string skipping at the same time.