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post Apr 20 2008, 09:40 AM
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Hey everybody

I have been working pretty hard on my alternate picking for a while but i feel when i go up in speed that my left hand is to slow so my playing dosent sound smoth....

Ay tips on how i can increase my left hand speed


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post Apr 20 2008, 10:04 AM
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I think every exercise that involves different fingerings is good.
Scales, fragments and so on.
You can try all the different combinations for your left fingers while you're playing over the neck.
If your goal is to synch your hands use your pick to play every note.
Something like: 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, etc..
Then you can work with three fingers: 1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4, etc... end finally using all the four fingers of your left hand.

You can create yourself a lot of exercises using this "philosophy".

Remember to remain relaxed as much as you can and increase the tempo only while you're playing clean.


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post Apr 20 2008, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ Apr 20 2008, 11:04 AM) *
I think every exercise that involves different fingerings is good.
Scales, fragments and so on.
You can try all the different combinations for your left fingers while you're playing over the neck.
If your goal is to synch your hands use your pick to play every note.
Something like: 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, etc..
Then you can work with three fingers: 1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4, etc... end finally using all the four fingers of your left hand.

You can create yourself a lot of exercises using this "philosophy".

Remember to remain relaxed as much as you can and increase the tempo only while you're playing clean.


Thanks for the tips Jerry


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post Apr 20 2008, 10:25 AM
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Follow Jerry's advice and you will for sure improve, things like this might take a bit of time, but if you keep on working on this you will see a result for sure. The important thing is to start at a slow tempo, a tempo in which you don't have problems yet, and only increase the speed slowly. Always make sure that you are able to properly play your exercise at a certain speed before you speed up.


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post Apr 21 2008, 02:01 PM
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Hey I agree with the method suggested before but I had a suggestion of my own. Use it if you wish. It does depend if you like this style of music but I got a LOT better at alternate picking when I started playing some of the faster and more complex Megadeth riffs. Just a few songs that could help when speed-picking.

1-Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
2-Set the World Afire
3-The Mechanix
4-Tornado of Souls

When I first started trying alternate picking on these songs, to be honest, I sucked. I had the same problem, my left hand was too slow. But the more I continued to try and play the riffs, the faster my left hand got.

It might work for you, of course, it helps if you like Megadeth or that style of music lol


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