Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 74

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #74 - Spooky speed and symmetry


In this lesson, we are going to explore the concept of "Symmetry" using shapes that are the same on more than one string. In this case, the B and high E string. The entire lesson is in the key of E Minor as is the backing. Here is a preview of the backing track.


Let’s warm up a bit and get our fingers ready to rip! - FINGER YOGA!

Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.



PERFECT SYMMETRY - Part 1

Let’s explore symmetry in the Key of E Minor on the B and E string using a Minor Shape. For our first one, let’s keep it simple. Let’s strike once per four note group


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Now let’s also alternate pick this and palm mute it.

And of course Double Pick it as well


PERFECT SYMMETRY - Part 2

Now, let’s try this as a “Symmetrical” pattern on two strings and believe it or not, it’s still E minor.


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Now let’s also alternate pick this and palm mute it.
And of course Double Pick it as well.
Now let’s play what we have so far against our backing.


PERFECT SYMMETRY - Part 3

Here’s where it gets tricky. Let’s try this pattern and add out sliding magic pink trick in to play.


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Now let’s also alternate pick this and palm mute it.
And of course Double Pick it as well.


PERFECT SYMMETRY - Part 4

And finally, let’s try this bit which sounds like a classical etude and might make your head explode or fingers melt. Here goes!


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Now let’s also alternate pick this and palm mute it.
And of course Double Pick it as well.


LESSON LINKS


Here is a link to the OVERLOUD preset for today
Here is the backing track