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

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #60 - Playing the impossible continued (Playing Full Solos With One Hand)

Let’s work on playing with one hand for a bit. This is a great way to work on left hand strength. Making your left hand stronger will make life a bit easier for your right hand and open up your playing in a way you may not have thought possible.

As an example, check out the one handed solo I did for the Ivan Collab “Heavy Water”.

Notice I never use the left hand and thus never a pick. So every note has to be hammered on and pulled off with the left hand. This technique is quite simple to use with just a bit of practice. It also works well in live situations as “Stage Effect” so to speak. Pulling your guitar up and doing your solo with one hand isn’t something the band playing before or after you is likely to be able to repeat.

Here is a link to the GUITAR PRO 5 Files for today’s lesson.

Let’s get started. Here is our first shape.


Let’s take things up a notch and add a little difficulty.


Now let’s do this same technique across three strings.