Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 49

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #49 - Taking it one step further

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

Let’s take what we did last week once step further. We did some tapping and used two fingers on our left hand and added an open string. This week, lets add a finger on our left hand so that we are using three fingers on our left and an open string. This results in the tapping note, three fretted notes and one open string for a total of 5 notes/tones per grouping. When this is sped up it sounds like you are playing unbelievably fast.

First, let’s warm up a bit. For this warm up, let’s pick the first note and “Hammer On” the other two. So three notes per string, but only one pick stroke per string. Also, try to palm mute this.

Warmup Guitar pro Tab

Now let’s get in to our tapping. Here is the tablature. Once you get this pattern, let’s change only the right hand. After each cycle, move the right hand tapping up once fret. Move from 12th one at a time up to 15th with the right hand tapping finger

A Guitar pro Tab

Now let’s work on adding different three note shapes to our left hand. This may seem like a challenge at first, but with some practice you will be doing this with ease.

B Guitar pro Tab