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Video tutorial: Brad Davis on 'double-down up' picking

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Brad Davis is known for his diverse musical style

Brad Davis is known for his diverse musical style

Brad Davis on 'double-down up' picking

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Example 1: This pattern shows the basic pattern that Brad derives his double down up licks from.

Example 1: This pattern shows the basic pattern that Brad derives his double down up licks from.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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Example 4: As with example 3, start slowly and break the lick down into small chunks.

Example 4: As with example 3, start slowly and break the lick down into small chunks.

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.

To read a full interview with Brad Davis in which he discusses his technique, influences and Bluegrass Series Takamine acoustic guitar, check out the February 2008 issue of Guitarist magazine.

More info is available on Brad Davis's website.

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