Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 95

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LESSON #95 - Death by rhythm

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson we are going to focus on our speed, our stretch, our legato and our picking. Quite a bit of ground to cover, but we can do it user posted image

Let's warm up and get going!

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


Let's work on playing a rather complex guitar rythm and use it work on various techniques. Here is the backing.


Let's take a look at the tablature. You will need to make a big stretch with your pinky and bar with your first finger. The rythm is a bit wonky but you can get used to it quickly. The bit has an off time Death Jazz feel to it. Check out the tablature, and once you get the pattern, just move it up to frets and play the same thing and thats part B.

Palm Mute this:

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Let's do a bit with Gabriels current POWER METAL collab. This is a great example of Power Metal Structure. Here is the link and the backing.

And my solo bits over top of it.

Let's try one of these licks. It's not a hard one, but it's played a bit brisk. Let's see if we can do it at speed once we work up to it.

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