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Watch the Breakdown online guitar lesson by Richard Gilewitz from Fingerscapes

This opening segment of an original piece, "Pete's Feet" utilizes a snappy feel during performance. Initially inspired in some sense by the traditional tune, "Cripple Creek", this riff places great importance on the ascending and descending octave runs in the left hand.
Unlike a classical right hand technique I tend to almost 'dig in' more of the string, attack with the right hand flesh portion of the ingertip away from the nail and somewhat 'snap' the strings a bit without overdoing it. Also, be sure to treat the 4th string run to the 4th fret as a grace note and not a slide in measures 2 and 6.