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Alternate Picking Workout #1, Lesson By Darius Wave
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mhskeide
Sep 20 2020, 05:42 PM
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Original lesson: Alternate Picking Workout #1 by Darius Wave

Without kidding, I`ve had this one in my warmup regime for about two years now. Using it as a sort of benchmark, to ensure I can do 170bpm 98% clean, but I never had the endurance to make it to 180bpm. But today I went for it to have a moment of katharsis, because I`m kinda sick of it :P And sorry for the autofocus failing me.

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Gabriel Leopardi
Sep 20 2020, 07:51 PM
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Hi mate!

This is a killer warming up etude! I would recommend it for every student. Even playing this at slower tempos can help to make our AP more consistent.

You are playing this very well. There are only small issues when playing the faster triplets. That's when your runs sound a bit less clear. The other parts are very precise and consistent.

If you decide to keep this one in your routine, I would focus more on making your hands movements smaller. Both your alternate picking up and down, and also your left hand fingers movement could be more "economic". So you can put your focus on it the next time you practice it, in order to polish your technique and get used to more efficient technique.

Other than that, this is great. Keep on rocking!

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Kristofer Dahl
Sep 20 2020, 08:46 PM
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Very cool!

For increased speed I would agree that minimising right hand movement is the right way for you to go. However - there is is also an important argument against it.

Your picking tone around 00:24 is incredible good - I am pretty sure this comes from the larger right hand movement (think Eric Johnson). You will likely loose this if you minimise your hand motion. Of course - there is no rule that says you can't do both smile.gif

Other than this - things get a little messy towards the end, but overall your progress is extremely promising.

You get an 8 from me!


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Todd Simpson
Sep 21 2020, 04:28 AM
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To try to tie what gabe/kris are saying together, it's true that minimizing your pick hand motion is part of playing at faster speeds without losing precision. However, it's also true that a wider picking arc can improve overall tonality. So it's a matter of balancing your need for speed in a given passage, with your desire for the tone/vibe in a given passage. I hope that makes sense smile.gif If pure straight line speed is the goal, the the more efficient you can make your pick hand movement, the better. Once you get used to playing at a given speed, you can always add a bit more pick hand arc/wag back in to things to change the tone and you can increase/decrease picking intensity during a scale run to add dynamics/emphasis to certain notes or groups of notes.

Back to this REC. When I'm teaching this type of thing I usually call it "Multi Picking". One strike per note, singles, two strikes, doubles, three strike, triples and four strikes, quads. It's a great way to add density to any scale/solo. Just pick each note more than one time and don't lose the beat/synch. It results in a wall of notes without increasing the burden on the fretting hand. You have a good grasp of this technique to be sure. It does get a pinch loose at the end but I suspect your hand is starting to get a bit tired by the end. To increase stamina, the picking hand has to stay as relaxed as possible and exert minimal effort. That way, it doesn't get tired. When you increase the pick arc/wag, you increase the amount of energy required for each strike as the pick has to travel further than it would if you kept the pick arc/wag to a dead minimum just going barely past the string before returning for the next strike. So for bits that require a LOT of picking, keeping the hand relaxed, and minimizing wag is typically a good plan. It prevents the hand from getting tired out and thus allows great stamina and can help with precision during extended shreddy bits.

Here is an example. It's from my quick lick series. Watch my picking hand. It's not going crazy fast, but it is brisk, but it's very relaxed and I can keep this up forever. It's because i'm expending very little energy per strike. It's not a dynamic bit of playing. It's more about consistency and synch and stamina. A very handy drill.

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Darius Wave
Sep 25 2020, 06:55 PM
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Hey there again!

That's the one I made for myself to avoid borring practise with metronome. The main reason was to have a workout that is a warm up but delivers a quick shifts between patterns as well..because that is how it works in real playing smile.gif

You have a problem that is quite familiar - first few runs of each shift usually goes for waste. Then you adjust and match the tempo better.

Triples are probably the weakest point here since you tend to rush them.

You are right that the fastest runs are visibly on edge of you abilities but that's just time and consistency. Alternate pickign is a sport. It is not a skill you get get at one reach and keep. You need to constantly work to keep the lvel and work even more if you want to improve. It's a hard part but there is no shortcut here smile.gif

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Oct 14 2020, 11:51 AM
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