Example 1: This pattern shows the basic pattern that Brad derives his double down up licks from.
Example 2: This example extends the basic pattern across the neck and uses an alternate picked sequence (last two notes of bar 1 and first two notes of bar 2) to connect the two halves of the lick.
Example 3: The best way to approach this monster lick is to break it down into manageable one- bar chunks. Remember, Brad is master of this technique so it may take you a while to reach his speeds. Start slowly and work on maintaining accuracy.
Example 4: As with example 3, start slowly and break the lick down into small chunks.
Video tutorial: Brad Davis on 'double-down up' picking
Davis demonstrates his unique style of flat-picking
In this video, Brad Davis demonstrates his flat-picking technique, which he calls the 'double-down up'.
The technique is a big step away from traditional acoustic playing and was in fact conceived when Brad was trying to emulate Eddie Van Halen's fretboard tapping. To learn the best licks in this lesson make sure you check out our tab.