Watch the Limehouse Blues online guitar lesson by Andreas Oberg from Gypsy Jazz Duets

There is a lot to glean here as Andreas offers up tips for Gypsy jazz and bebop picking techniques. In the Gypsy style, he relies on alternate picking when on a string, using downstrokes when moving from string to string. He demonstrates this picking methodology’s effectiveness at conveying a punchy, percussive sound when laying down triplets or eighth-note phrases.

He also demonstrates a purer bebop approach to picking by using a strict alternate picking technique, even across strings, yielding a smoother, less dynamic sound in this context.