Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 5

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #5 - Back and Forth

In this next lesson, we are going to add some more complexity to our patterns. We are going to partially re-descend in a shape after we have started ascending. This will create a shape that may take some getting used to, but it is a very valuable skill to have. Being able to stop short in a scale pattern and reverse directions at will without losing speed or pick/string contact takes some practice but is quite possible even at high BPM.

In this lesson we will use a pattern very similar to what we have already covered so as to take advantage of the muscle memory you have built via practice so far. We are going to introduce a quick reversing pattern in the middle so as to help keep your brain flexible as well as your muscle memory. Your brain and your hands need to learn that any pattern/shape can change at any time and your fingers may need to hit any given note within a planned scale or lick.