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George Benson Picking Style
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Jazzy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildfield wrote:
Found this link on another board: http://jmgras.googlepages.com/bensonpicking

Thought some of you experimenting with this picking style might appreciate step-by-step photos. It was nice that someone took the time to illustrate this picking technique that has been discussed so much.

For me, I'm waiting for the step-by-step photos that enable me to play like jazz guitar god. Smile


Nice link Wildfield. A good explanation.
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Chris



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guy writing at tuck and patti is overly thrilled with the benson technique in my opinion. The advantage of the benson picking technique isn't that you can play faster. The advantage is that you can play for longer without getting cramped or tired. It's a more relaxed and loose way of playing. Shawn Lane uses this technique. As you can see here, http://youtube.com/watch?v=57q5zdvMw58 , the technique seems to work well for him. This is probably the fastest picking ever taped. I've never seen anyone pick as fast as he does after 2:35.

The pictures in the second post seem to be incorrect. You are supposed to bend your thumb backward and hold the pick with the flat of your thumb, not the tip.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, check out Bireli Lagrene. It`s scary to see him play. He`s one of the most complete guitarist I know of. Awesome Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lgiro wrote:
Chris wrote:
The guy writing at tuck and patti is overly thrilled with the benson technique in my opinion. The advantage of the benson picking technique isn't that you can play faster. The advantage is that you can play for longer without getting cramped or tired. It's a more relaxed and loose way of playing. Shawn Lane uses this technique. As you can see here, http://youtube.com/watch?v=57q5zdvMw58 , the technique seems to work well for him. This is probably the fastest picking ever taped. I've never seen anyone pick as fast as he does after 2:35.

The pictures in the second post seem to be incorrect. You are supposed to bend your thumb backward and hold the pick with the flat of your thumb, not the tip.


that was interesting. even at the fast picking part i think he was still doing hammer ons and pull offs though??? hard to tell with all that distortion but it sounded like it.

for massive right hand power and speed see the Bireli LaGrene post that JakeJew put up in the last two weeks. the best gypsy dudes really have the right hand....


Yeah, it's a shame, that Shawn Lane clip looked amazing but with all the delay it was hard to really hear what was going on.

It's also sort of amazing how much the definition of "fast" changes from genre to genre. 8ths at 320 (16ths, clean, at 160) in bop is pretty damn fast (at least to me), but in metal that's nothing. I mean obviously the complexity of the lines make a huge difference, but it's still interesting. I wonder how fast that Shawn Lane guy can play bop...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I can see Shawn Lane doesn`t use the Benson-style.
If you compare this video to the Shawn L. video, I think you`ll see the difference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8MlIjhZ_q8

anyway, Shawn Lane is amazing. Some wild stuff on that clip. Thanks for posting the link.

But when it comes to picking I think this is a great example:
check out his pentatonic playing Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8MlIjhZ_q8
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ya know, this guy shawn lane is kind of interesting

really not your typical shredder, at least to my ears. A bit more harmonically interesting than the vai-type of thing...

I found this tasteful : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoqRENuuLrs
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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for massive right hand power and speed see the Bireli LaGrene post that JakeJew put up in the last two weeks. the best gypsy dudes really have the right hand....


+1 on that, Bireli is just a monster
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