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Moving Up the Neck

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Whiskey Before Breakfast > Moving Up the Neck

This week we're going to discuss some of the "thought anchors" that you can use to help you play up the neck with confidence. One of the real secrets to playing guitar is using and recognizing shapes that you already know in different context. That's what we're thinking about here.

Please let me know if you have any questions!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Julian Lage
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Chris Eldridge

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of "Up The Neck" Whiskey Before Breakfast


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Loop 0:43 Introduction to the Lesson

Loop 2:28 Breakdown of A Section

Loop 8:19 Breakdown of B Section

Loop 19:22 Closing Thoughts






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Luca Serino
Luca Serino Sep 04, 2016

Hey Chris,

Here's a first stab at this. Along with the general effort to relax, I find right/left hand coordination a big challenge (getting a attack clear with no muting or buzzing) so any thoughts and tips you have on that would be great.

Thanks for a great lesson.




Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Sep 13, 2016

Hi Luca!

Nicely done. A few points:

I really appreciate how calm and relaxed your face and hands are. That's good. One thing that strikes me however is that your shoulders and arms (particularly your left arm) look like they are a bit locked into place. Sometimes to get around that I will actually flail my left elbow out (left hand still on the guitar), almost like I'm doing the chicken dance. Strange as it may seem, it can help relax your shoulder, ribs and arm.

Try giving the melody a little more dynamic shape.

Re: left and right hand coordination, you might try slowing it down. I mean really, really sloooooooow. To the point where it's feeling unnatural. Make sure that you can play it cleanly at the super slow tempo. If there is anything that you don't really know, this process will expose it because at such a slow tempo nothing can be glossed over. Then speed it up halfway to where you want to be playing it and accelerate from there.



Chris Kline
Chris Kline Sep 24, 2016

Nicely done!  I'm working on relaxing as well and am much more aware of it now.  I find that simple stretching everyday helps tremendously, especially stretching the hands and forearm as well.  Happy picking!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 26, 2016

I break out into a sweat every time you take us "up the neck". Way cool though.

lewis Aug 26, 2016

Not to detract in any way from a great lesson but.....jeez it's harder to read tabs when everything is shown as 16th notes instead of 8th this the 'new, highly requested sheet music design' that the SJ emails have been referring to? Because I can't believe this was highly requested by flatpickers.....


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 26, 2016

Hi Lewis --- thanks for the feedback on this.  We were actually debating whether to show this as 2 bars / line as opposed to 4 bars / line.  I've updated the sheet music to show 2 bars / line.  Please let me know what you think.

As an FYI --- we show it as 16th notes because that is how Chris tends to think of these tunes musically (Chris --- please correct me if I'm wrong).  

Lastly --- thanks for letting us know (even when you're frustrated) --- it's how we make a better service.

lewis Aug 26, 2016

Hi Mike,

Wow - how's that for service :) I really appreciate your quick response. I think for me personally the more condensed view is just less intuitive to navigate because nearly every other piece of flatpicking tab or tuition material I've seen has gone with the 8th note view (and I acknowlegde that they're not really 8th notes but you know what I mean). The 2 bars/line approach certainly works best for me so I appreciate you taking the time to change it. Obviously I am but 1 member here so I'm not going to be put out if others - or Chris - want to stick with how you did it originally.

Thanks again for the responsiveness. Loving SJ and Chris's lessons especially.

Best regards,


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 27, 2016

Hi Lewis,

Thanks for your feedback on this stuff. Agreed about the number of measures per line.

I've also noticed that other people tend to write flatpicking notation and tablature in 8th notes but I've chosen to have them written as 16th notes because, to me, that's more fundamentally what they are. 

Also, the way that I have verbally counted out phrases and measures (and explained how to count them) in all the lessons so far is in quarters that are subdivided into 16th notes. I fear that if the notation didn't reflect that things would get confusing for people who are cross-referencing the two. 



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