Guitar Lessons

Alternate Picking Lessons


  • Mastering the Fretboard: Descending Modal Pattern

    by Chris Shofner

    A fast descending pattern to get you down the neck in style.

    Tags: Eric Johnson, modes, modal, C Ionian, D Dorian, E Phyrgian, F Lydian, G Mixolydian, A Aeolian, B Locrian, alternate picking, scale sequence, scale patterns
  • String Crossing Picking Exercise

    by Kristofer Dahl

    This exercise has it all: String crossing in several directions, three note per string picking, melodic movement.

    Tags: alternate picking, AP, 3 nps, three notes per string, string crossing, speed picking, A minor
  • Pentatonic Etude - Scale Sequences

    by Chris Shofner

    Pentatonic patterns that speed up easily.

    Tags: pentatonic, patterns, soloing, three notes, four notes, A minor pentatonic, D minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, scale sequences, downpicking, legato, Pentatonic sequences
  • Alternate Picking Workout #7

    by Darius Wave

    Workout for your right hand with a cool neoclassical backing track!

    Tags: Alternate Picking, exercise, practice, speed workshop, C# minor, C# harmonic minor, neoclassical rock, pedal note, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie moore
  • Randomizing Picking Patterns

    by Dallton Santos

    Develop unique and unpredictable picking combinations through the process of randomization.

    Tags: alternate picking, guitar speed, picking accuracy, guitar practice, randomization, random, right hand training, picking technique, crossing strings, kiko loureiro, building speed, fast playing, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo, Zakk Wylde, C lydian, E mino, string skipping, arpeggios
  • Speed Runs For Intermediates

    by Darius Wave

    Collection of speed licks.

    Tags: A minor, speed, technique, workout, intermediate, beginner, speed runs, fast lines, sequences, fast patterns, tapping, sweep picking, legato, speed exercise, speed training, chop builder, arpeggios, hand mechanics
  • 2 String Arpeggio Workout

    by Guido Bungenstock

    Arpeggio workout over three octaves, to help you visualize the fretboard.

    Tags: Arpeggios, smooth, Progressive, Soloing, Staccato, fretboard, exercise, Phrasing, Melodies, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, Marco Sfogli, Django Reinhardt, E minor, modes and scales, fretboard knowledge, learning the fretboard, modes
  • Back to Bach

    by Guido Bungenstock

    Classical piece inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude No.2 In C Minor. Useful alternate picking etude.

    Tags: Johann Sebastian Bach, classical, alternate picking, etude, classical piece, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Tony McAlpine, Shred, Shredding, speed picking, training, chop builder, C minor
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Golden Oldies

  • Neoclassical Etude #1

    by Marcus Lavendell

    A Neoclassical solo in the key of A-minor. At first glance this might seem like an semi-advanced solo - but it's not. It's actually easier than it looks!

    Tags: A minor, alternate picking, pull off, yngwie malmsteen, stratovarius, symphonic, speed picking, classical influence, rhapsody, symphony X, sweep picking
  • Modal Madness pt 4 - 5 String Patterns

    by Zsolt Galambos

    This lesson contains 5 string patterns in Dmin. The picking style shown in this lesson is one of the harder picking excercises.

    Tags: scale runs, patterns, Paul Gilbert, shred, exercise, picking, staccato, D minor, standard D tuning, Buckethead, fast picking
  • Little Finger Work-out

    by Dejan Farkas

    An exercise I developed recently for the left hand, a drill for the little finger, pinky (hammer-on till the dawn). It can be practiced on all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) depending on the speed.

    Tags: finger independence, pinky, coordination, hammer on, pedal tone, pedal note, vinnie moore, yngwie malmsteen, neoclassical rock
  • Modal Madness

    by Zsolt Galambos

    Time for some modal madness! This exercise is one of the most important for developing speed, stamina and accuracy in alternate picking.

    Tags: Staccato, Alternate picking, AP exercise, A Minor, B Locrian, C Major, D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, G Mixolydian, speed picking, developing speed, stamina, accuracy, 3 notes per string
  • Alternate Workout

    by Muris Varajic

    Unusual picking patterns.

    Tags: odd patterns, unusual picking, G# minor, speed picking, training, practice, workout, triplets, effective technique, shred, picking technique
  • Alternate Picking Etude With String Skipping

    by Emir Hot

    Alternate picking lesson including string skipping with strict left hand fingering approach.

    Tags: Etude, A minor, A harmonic minor, vinnie moore, classical patterns, pedal note, pedal tone, muting, workout, technique training, string skipping
  • Neoclassical Etude #2

    by Marcus Lavendell

    A transcription of a famous classical composition by the German composer G.F. Handel. This is one of those magical pieces that sound good at basically any speed.

    Tags: Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, German, B major, Yngwie Malmsteen, shredding, fast picking, speed, speed picking, playing fast, classical piece
  • Vittorio Monti - Csardas (Main Theme)

    by Zsolt Galambos

    Csardas by Vittorio Monti is a very popular piece in Hungary. This is a very fun to play piece, and it is a great exercise for your both hands as well as a great picking exercise.

    Tags: Picking exercise, shred, Alternate picking, gypsy, picking, Hungarian folk dance, shredding, standard D tuning, speed, fast picking, Italian composer, staccato, classical, E minor, B melodic minor, D mixolydian, B Phrygian, B mixolydian, B melodic minor
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