Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 92
LESSON #92 - Speed is a byproduct of precision
Lesson Series by Todd Simpson
Today's Lesson is PART II of LESSON 88. We are going to break down the rather complex backing and use it to stuffy alternate picking/economic picking while traversing strings. It's using 16th notes @ 120 Beats a minute. In other words, we are going to work on precision. After that, speed will just sorta "Happen"!
FINGER YOGA! - Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for reference.
Try to use "Economic Picking" when going from a lower string to a higher string. E.G. When going from the Low E to the A string, use two down strokes in a row. That way you take advantage of the natural motion of the hand.
Don't forget to PALM MUTE every note.
ADDING SOME STRETCH IN TO THE MIX
It's time to work our stretch a bit! Let's extend this shape and put our finger yoga to good use!
PLAYING CLOSE IN
This version of the shape may feel a bit cramped as it requires a very short fret span. Also, I've changed the pattern a bit. Once all three shapes are put together, they are the backing track for today. A palm muted riff in E Minor. This riff has a Progressive Metal sort of vibe to it. Feel free to use it as a backing or for whatever you like once you can play it. It's under creative commons license so you can use it freely.
Here is an alternate rythm to play in the B position on the way back up to the A. It provides a bit of variation. This is the way I'm playing it in the recorded backing for today.
THIS IS THE ENTIRE THING PUT TOGETHER AS A "RIFF" / "BACKING TRACK": LISTEN TO THIS TO HEAR HOW IT SHOULD SOUND!!!!!! It's OK to play it slower, just try to get it to have this groove/vibe.