Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 34

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #34 - Working your stretch, strengthening your left hand and increasing your speed

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

We are going to expand a bit on our last lesson where we worked on patterns to help your stretch and strengthen your left hand. Working up Strength in your left hand is critical in becoming a balanced player. The choice of whether to pick a note or do a hammer on should be one of musical choice instead of practical necessity. We are going to add a shape that is a bit easier to play in order to get up more speed and a shape that's a bit harder to play to work up our precision. Let's expand on the first patterns/shapes we did last week and make them a bit more complex.

  • Very Similar to lesson 20, this one is just to get your hands warm and allow you to focus on speed.

34a (Speed)


34b (Speed, Stretch, strengthen)


  • This is the final version of this pattern where we incorporate our down 3 back 1 approach. I think we will be able to crank this up to crazy speeds.

34C (Speed, Stretch, strengthen, precision)