Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 7

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #7 - Back and Forth Revisted from lower to higher strings

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson will do another "back and forth" workout. We are going to start on a lower string and move to a higher one instead of the other way around as in the first part of the "back and forth" lesson.

In this workout as with the others, we are focusing on strict "Alternate Picking". I"m starting with a down stroke and alternating strokes after that. Also, instead of moving up from lower frets to higher frets, we are going to reverse this. So start this on the 12th fret and work your way down to the third fret.

What we are trying to do here is balance out your muscle memory a bit. Up until now we have been doing ascending patterns, (starting at a lower fret and moving up) so now we are adding this workout as a descending pattern (starting at a higher fret and moving to a lower one). Ideally, you should be able to play ascending or descending patterns, shapes, scales, etc. with equal precision, speed, and eventually, ease. Here is the tablature:

Guitar Pro File


Practice Time

PRACTICE TIME ( At Least - 30 Minutes Per Day)
NOTE: Again for this lesson, set your Metronome to 8/4 time if possible.

Grab your metronome and start finding your stick point as we usually do. This workout moves from higher frets to lower frets so give yourself some time to get used to working a descending pattern. By now your muscle memory should be coming along nicely and you should notice real gains in precision and speed in your playing.


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson