How to Play Two Notes on a Guitar & Skip a String

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Playing two notes on a guitar and skipping a string requires some very specific hand movements. Play two notes on a guitar and skip a string with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Delfino. I'm a musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukelele. You can see more information about that at YouRockNYC.com. That's Y-O-U-R-O-C-K-N-Y-C, .com. Today we're going to learn to play two notes and skip a string on the guitar. That's something you can do on any chord, so we're going to do this is the G chord. Now it's important that you know the names of the strings for this exercise, which are E, A, D, G, B, E, and I remember them as 'elephants and dogs grow big ears'. Okay, so we're going to take our ring and pinky, put them on the guitar. We're going to take our thumb and we're going to go to the D string, which is the third string down. We're going to push with the thumb. Take the pointer, pull up on the next string with the pointer, and then we're going to take our next string - the third finger, middle finger - skip a string, and go to the high E string at the bottom, and pull up again. So we're playing one note, we're playing two notes, we're skipping a string, and playing the third. note. And it's going to sound something like this. And then you can go through different chords like this, as well. You can go to your C chord, and just push with your thumb, pull with your pointer, skip a string, and pull with your middle. And any chord that you play, you can do this. It has a really nice sound. Here it is with a D chord. And back to your G. So, I have taught you how to play two notes and skip a string, and thank you for watching. Bye!

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