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Getting rid of galloping rhythm

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by I am Domokun, May 30, 2007.

  1. I've been working 3-finger picking (right hand) into my playing for a while now, i'm pretty comfortable with the strict alteration between fingers....

    but when i tremolo pick on one string fast, i keep getting a triplet feel... Any tips on how to even it out so it sounds like proper 8th/16th/32nd quavers? Like Billy Sheehan and John Myung, they sound so even and steady like they're using a pick when using 3 fingers! :(
  2. To get "proper quavers" you could try to just use your index and middle, which changes the number of plucks and therefore simplifies things.

    Also, I believe Myung might use the ring-middle-index-middle-ring pattern, which can be used in any type of pattern. Is this what you do or do you pluck ring-middle-index-ring?

    Hope this helps!
  3. MammaryVest


    Oct 18, 2006
    Stoneham, MA
    I would suggest using a slow metronome to help, and gradually build up the speed so you can get the hits on the right beats.
  4. El Bajo

    El Bajo

    Apr 12, 2006
    +1 on the metronome. Also try angling your wrist so that ists straight, this may mean bringing your arm up a little more.
    The try and angle your wrist so that each finger becomes the same lengh if that makes sense.
    I thought I had this problem when playing a simple 16th song, Stockholm Syndrom by Muse. He said he didnt notice and that only i will notice these little sound diffences. Ask someone if its really obvoius. Alternatively play triplets for every 16th (is that a sextuplet?), so that the sound just sounds like one big ______________________
  5. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    I used to have this problem, there was a definate galloping pulse to my three finger playing. Breaking everything right down and building it back up very slowly let me appreciate how to use 3 fingers over the beat and get a steady, continuous motion going.
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