# Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 108

Todd Simpson

## LESSON #108 - (Lesson #8 Redux) Different shapes on different strings

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

FINGER YOGA!
Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.

HERE IS THE CUSTOM OVERLOUD TH1 TRIODE PATCH FOR TODAY
SUPER CUSTOM

BACK TO BASICS - DIFFERENT SHAPES, DIFFERENT STRINGS

In Lesson 108 we are going to use a piece of the minor scale to work more on our alternate picking. Those familiar with the minor scale will recognize the pattern. This is something we did way back in LESSON 8 and I'm hoping we can put a bit more speed on it now and perhaps even do it with DOUBLE PICKING! (Picking twice per note) This lesson is using the "Shred Fingering" of the A Minor scale and as we've talked about the "Shred Fingering" just means finding 3 notes per string to play so that there are no 2 note strings which can throw off the flow of a scale when played at speed.

Let's
-Crank up the speed (KEEP IT CLEAN!)
-March it up and down the neck a bit.
-Double Pick it

TURNING UP THE DIFFICULTY - FIRST FINGER SHIFTS

Here is where it gets interesting. This next shape is also part of the A Minor Scale. You will have to shift your first finger in a very uncomfy way in order to play it properly. It's WRITTEN TO BE HARD so don't beat yourself up if playing this is a struggle at first. Being able to pull this type of thing off will help you play loads of stuff as you grow as a player.

Let's
-Crank up the speed (KEEP IT CLEAN!)
-Double Pick it

TURNING IT UP YET AGAIN - ADDING THE STRETTTCCCHHHH

Now let's add our STRETCH in to the mix. Let's stay in A Minor (Shred Fingering of course) and move further down the scale to employ our PINKY WORK!

Let's
-Crank up the speed (KEEP IT CLEAN!)
-March it up and down the neck a bit.
-Double Pick it

COMBING FORCES - FIRST FINGER SHIFTING & STRETCH

This is our "BOSS LEVEL" bit and it's got a finger shift and a stretch. It's the A Minor scale again when it goes a bit nuts in the shred fingering version.

Let's
-Crank up the speed (KEEP IT CLEAN!)
-Double Pick it

BONUS CRAZY

For our BONUS / CRAZY bit, let's combine all of the previous bits in to one long lick. Play each lick once, then just move on to the next one in the A Minor Scale. They all link up as they are all built in A Minor. Try this without looking at the tab if possible.

I'd be thrilled if we can play this as a group so no Double Picking or Crazy speed until you really have it down.

Thanks for coming today, this was a HARD lesson and you guys RAWK!

Todd