Alternate Picking Lesson Plan
Posted by RIP Dime
Ok, the first things I tackled when I first got to GMC was getting good at alternate picking, while the context of these lessons is more lead oriented, they do wonders for your rythym aswell. Kris does a wonderful explanation in his Speedpicking basics lesson, great for total beginners to alt picking. If you scroll down on Kris' speedpicking lesson, you will find the other 2 of the series. Pavel's and Kris' alt picking lessons are great for understanding the hand motions of alt picking, because they explain it to you, so I don't need to. I would like to emphasize that you take those 2 lessons on AFTER the metronome lesson, the metronome will make you learn alt picking in a proper, orderly way. One thing I would add is I set my metronome to accent every 4th beat, just to remind me to accent. I included Muris' upstroke focus lesson because I think being able to start any sequence on an up OR downstroke is a great ability.
Exercises! You should spend most of your time in these lessons, building your chops. Pavel's lessons here are great for memorizing scale positions, and the type of speedpicking here is very Rusty and MAB. Gabriel's lessons here are much more than alt picking exercises, witch is great because you don't want to get too bored now do you? I find that Gabriel's picking technique is very similar to mine, so his lessons fit me very well. And I just had to put Curious Coincidence here, it's just too awesome! My first guitar breakthrough happened practicing this song, maybe the same will happen for you? As for Toni's lesson, it's awesome for stamina and right hand speed, in the context of riffs, really a great exercise, I only see one person practing it now, shame GMC. Remember to use a metronome!
Shining examples of guitar playing. Now time to put alt picking to use, study these lessons, not exactly the song itself, but look at how they use thier technique to emphasize strong notes. You could just learn the song, but then you would be missing the point, the point is to take thier licks, and extract the ideas strait from the freaking mind of the instructor, so you can understand how to make alt picking fit in your playing. This took me a while to do, but it's worth it! I added David's Gilmour lesson so you remeber to phrase. And hit up, Andrew's theory lessons on modes and the major scale aswell! modes Have a nice day!