Question On Alternate Picking/ Three Notes Per String, Dealing with problems of the right hand
 Apr 24 2012, 12:29 PM Post #1 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 24 Joined: 24-April 12 Member No.: 15.735 Hey everyone, I´m new to this forum and this is my very first post. Maybe my below questions have been answered already somewhere in the forum but when I did a search I couldn´t find the answers I´m looking for. I have a what I think a very specific question about alternate picking. I´ll try to keep this short, but I´m afraid it might rather get long. My questions concern three note per string patterns and alternae picking in general.I´ll use tabulature to illustrate my problems. Here we go, starting with a three note per string-pattern: u d (u) d u (d) u d (u) d u (d) E--15-14-12----------------/---15-14-12--------------B--------------15-14-12----/---------------15-14-12--So here we have a three note per string pattern which is beeing played repeatedly, starting with an upstroke, all alternate picking. I used paranthesis to exaggerate my problem parts. My question regarding this lick now is: When the right hand changes from the high e string to the lower b string with an upstroke, do you ONLY hit the e string and move the pick in a way that it doesn´t hit the b string, or do you hit BOTH the e string AND the b string and mute the be string with the index finger of the left hand, so that it doesn´t ring? This is the same lick, but this time starting with a downstroke, again I emphasised the problem part: d u d u d (u) (d) u d u d (u)E--15-14-12----------------/---15-14-12--------------B--------------15-14-12----/---------------15-14-12--This time the question is: After you hit the last note on the b string, do you do some extra move to avoid hitting the b string again when doing the upward movement, or do you hit both the b string and the e string, muting the b string with the index finger of the left hand? I guess you understand my problem so I won´t post examples considering five note per string patterns cause it´s basically the same. Sorry that this post got rather long, but I think it covers a very important point regarding alternate picking. Best regards, Tobi I´m sorry that the right hand description got messed up, maybe someone can fix it for me?
 Apr 24 2012, 01:19 PM Post #2 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 1.081 Joined: 27-September 09 From: London, UK Member No.: 7.668 QUOTE (dairwolf @ Apr 24 2012, 12:29 PM) When the right hand changes from the high e string to the lower b string with an upstroke, do you ONLY hit the e string and move the pick in a way that it doesn´t hit the b string, or do you hit BOTH the e string AND the b string and mute the be string with the index finger of the left hand, so that it doesn´t ring? You only hit the E, moving over the B. QUOTE This time the question is: After you hit the last note on the b string, do you do some extra move to avoid hitting the b string again when doing the upward movement, or do you hit both the b string and the e string, muting the b string with the index finger of the left hand? Same again, hit the B on an upstroke, then move over it on the way back.Practice slowly, with a metronome and relaxed hands. When you play a string with your pick, the pick will be pointing at the guitar. After picking, your pick will move one of two ways, either towards the floor or towards the sky. The more it points up or down, the less likely the pick is to hit the strings (as it isn't sitting inbetween the strings anymore), it is during this movement where you skip the string you need to. Finish the movement by making a pickstroke back towards the target string and playing it.What you're looking at is known as inside (the string) picking and outside (the string picking). You can practice it as you have tabbed, i.e. 3 notes on one string followed by 3 on the next, on a loop, and as you've discovered, starting on an upstroke will be one type, while a downstroke will be the other.Your first tab is outside picking, as you're hitting the outsides of a pair of strings, while your second is inside picking, as you're hitting the insides of a pair of strings. Inside and outside picking are a huge part of string crossing in alternate picking, and are often the reason why people have difficulty with picking a section. Be sure to practice both!P.S. Welcome, dairwolf - great question. This post has been edited by dark dude: Apr 24 2012, 01:30 PM -------------------- Ibanez 2550ELTD EC-1000 VBRoland Cube 30W