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> Uneven Open String Picking, Quick Licks #2 (alternate Picking)
Todd Simpson
post Nov 1 2017, 08:38 PM
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Uneven Open String Picking
This lick features fierce alternate picking using open strings with string crossing (String Traverse). It should pose a challenge even to the experienced shredder - and is guaranteed to give you a picking workout!

It is based around the E minor scale.

Here is the tab. It's 16th notes done at about 200 bpm. As long as it fits, you can play it at really any speed you like. No matter how slow. And you don't have to do all the repeats if you don't want. Just one each would be fine smile.gif I know this is pushing things a bit. please let me know if you have questions and let me know how I can help make this lick part of your bag of tricks!!

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Attached File  Quick_Licks__2.gp5 ( 2.23K ) Number of downloads: 6

Attached File  British_Metal_Collab_V_Backing_by_Darius.mp3 ( 2.59MB ) Number of downloads: 4

It's from our recent GABE BRIT METAL COLLAB! We are going to use the brit backing track for this so you can have a track to play over if you prefer it to a metronome. You can click on the mp3 file above to download it and use it in your DAW (Reaper/Nuendo/Logic/Etc.) so that you can play with the backing track and use the lick in a solo context.

BTW: This lick is nearly impossible to play at speed. Don't beat yourself up about it. It's something to work on that keeps paying dividends.

This lick is a warmup to the main lick. If you can get this down, the main lick should be no problem. Try to start with an upstroke if you can and keep it all inside alternate picking. However, if you are more comfy doing it another way, that's ok as well. In the end it's up to you how you want to play. I'm doing this as a purely inside picking thing simply because it's a bit more efficient for the hand and allows me to play the lick at speed. Another player may do it as all outside picking in order to play it at speed. Working through these type of things is part of your journey. When folks try to force you to play one way or another, it's usually because they play that way. In the end it comes down to you smile.gif

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Attached File  Quick_Licks__2_WarmUp.gp5 ( 1.72K ) Number of downloads: 7

This post has been edited by Todd Simpson: Nov 4 2017, 08:32 PM

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