Alternate Picking Basics

by Darius Wave

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  • Hi there GMC friends!

    Welcome at my alternate picking basics lesson!

    This time we will focus on some basics of how to become an efficient alternate picking player. Lesson is suitable for people at different levels - beginners as well as intermediate-advanced players. You might already know some solutions, showed in these videos but You might be also able to find some tips, that will help You to skip to another level.

    This lesson contains a few different approaches to:
    1. Hand position
    2. Resting points
    3. Wrist angle
    4. Pick angle
    5. Pick thickness choice
    6. Practice routine

    In the last part (video part 9) You will find an example of very simple looking, but yet very good exercise.
    You are able to use it from 20 bpm to even 200 bpm according to Your skill level.


    Lesson shows a few ways to improve Your alternate picking skills. You can also find a lot of other ways, looking at other players. Some of them might even be extremely weird. This only proves that if You practice enough You can get anything You want working. Consider this lesson as an example of a few very common solutions You could find within skilled and very popular players.

    Gear used:

    * Hufschmid H6E "The Dragon" electric guitar
    * Presonus Inspire 1394 audio interface
    * TSE X50 amp plug-in with catharsis 1on-pres5 cab impulse for solo guitar
    * Ernie Ball 10-46 regular slinky strings

    Tuning: standard tuning E-A-D-G-B-E
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