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Open strings and hybrid picking are key to David Grissom's churning, ringing rhythm assault. This progression features arpeggiated chords composed of both fretted and open strings. It offers a musical way to practice pick-and-finger technique, and the haunting melodic bends add a country flavor. "Bend with your 1st finger," David advises. "Pull down towards the floor." As indicated, use middle (m) and ring (a) fingers on the open B and E strings; flatpick the rest. "Keep the strings ringing," Grissom reminds us, "and be sure to emphasize the descending 5th string line." Notice how the first and second endings approach the destination G# differently. "Use this passage in an E vamp when you want subtle melodic movement," suggests David.