Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 78

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #78 - Shredding the blues

In this lesson we are going to add a bit of shred to the blues. These shapes should be familiar so we can focus on our picking and our speed a bit more than on our left hand workLet's warm up! - FINGER YOGA!

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


CLICK HERE FOR BACKING TRACK our backing for today. It's in E Minor/Pentatonic.
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Let's look at our first shape.


Try this with the "STRIKE ONCE HAMMER MANY" techique. E.G. Strike the OPEN string and hammer on the next two notes. So strike only the open string and hammer on the rest. Keep a solid PALM MUTE THE ENTIRE TIME when using this technique. It will make things sound like you are picking each note, when done properly.

After you get the hang of that, pick every note. Then, and only then, try to multi pick it. Notice I'm using very little gain/distortion in this demo so that you can hear my pick strikes. If I can't hear your pick strikes, I can't debrief you properly.

  • Here is the link to the demo video for part A. Use the same approach for part B as well.



Now let's move up the neck a bit and put a bit of a strech in to things.


This one will be a bit of a challenge at first, but your hand will adapt right away.


Now let's put one of our "Paul Gilbert" style licks in.



Here is our bonus lick. It's a rythm from 77 that was just to much for our last get together. It's a great way to work up your inside and outside picking.


Bonus Lick