String Skipping – Guitar


This is an easy reference guide with Tab’s for Guitar string skipping exercise’s.


Our first example play around a simple E minor shape.

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Our 2nd exercise is a G Major

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Our 3rd exercise is a little different. Try and add some groove as you play this one.


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This exercise is just to get you use to jumping from your 6th to your 1st string.


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with exercise 6, try keeping your index finger on the 12th fret of your low E string. use your pinky for the 17th fret of both the high e and b string and use your ring finger to hit the 15th fret.

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After playing these through smoothly several times, experiment with your own patterns. Pick a chord or arpeggio that you are familiar with and find a picking pattern which involves string skipping that sounds right to you.


Below we have also added the 4 picking patterns for the song ‘Street Spirit’ from Radiohead. This is a great song for practicing string skipping, if you don’t know it, give it a listen before you attempt to play.

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The songs structure is:

  • Verse: Am – Em – Am
  • Chorus: C – Em – Am


  • Ending: G6 – Em – Am


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