Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 65

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #65 - Pushing Past The “Barrier”

We have been focusing on various techniques for the past few lessons and It seems high time we get back to a quick bit of shredding/back and forth/speed picking. The ideas here should be somewhat familiar at this point. Hopefully, we will be able to push our speed up a bit in this lesson as the shapes will hopefully be quick to master. Once we have them down, we will apply them a backing so that we can play them in context. First, let’s do our warmup, per usual. Then on to the Lesson!

For each of these next three shapes/chops, learn the pattern and play it with a metronome to keep it steady. Once you have built up some speed and feel comfortable with the licks, start playing them with the backing track and turn off the metronome. HERE is our backing track for today. Download it and give it a listen before starting on learning the shapes/chops.


Let’s add a bit to this idea. Some string traverse will work the fingers a bit. Scroll down for the next tablature.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape


Now let’s add the final bits that turn this in to a lick we can play with or without out backing.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape


Scroll down for our BONUS riff.

This riff is about pure speed. All the notes are close together so you should be able to work up some scary quick speed on this. It also works as a lick with our backing.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.