Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 101

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #101 - Inside outside picking until our fingers are inside out!


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson


Let's warm up and get going!


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


Here is a GUITAR RIG 4 custom patch for today


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WARMING UP


FIRST UP! (Starting with GASP and upstroke!)

Here is something I've never asked you to do before. STARTING WITH AN UPSTROKE! For 100 lessons we have started with downstrokes to it's time to change things up! We are going to work on our right hand today so get ready for picking your brains out!


WARM UP LICK

START WITH AN UPSTROKE! We are going to work this pattern quite a bit.

-Start by playing each position once in a loop.
-Play each position once and move up one fret then repeat, all the way to the 12th fret.
-Find max comfortable speed.

Then

-Play each position four times.
-After two loops, move up one fret.
-Speed up


START WITH AN UPSTROKE! We are going to work this pattern quite a bit.


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ALTERNATE PICKING AND ECONOMIC PICKING


Again, INITIATE WITH AN UPSTROKE!

Let's start again with an upstroke, but add two downstrokes to follow. Using Two down strokes in a row makes this a use if "Economic Picking". Once you get the hang of this, it will make playing complex polyrythms quite a bit easier.


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-Start by playing each position once in a loop.
-Play each position once and move up one fret then repeat, all the way to the 12th fret.
-Find max comfortable speed.

Then

-Play each position four times.
-After two loops, move up one fret.
-Speed up


STRICT ALTERNATE PICKING BY WAY OF THE DREADED DOUBLE PICKING!!!!!!


Double Picking (Two strokes per note) IS FREAKING HARD!!!! But not impossible. Let's take the same pattern we just played, and "Double Pick" it. Let's move to strict ALTERNATE PICKING now. Every stroke should alternate. And....

  • INITIATE WITH A DOWNSTROKE!


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-Start by playing each position once in a loop.
-Play each position once and move up one fret then repeat, all the way to the 12th fret.
-Find max comfortable speed.

Then

-Play each position four times.
-After two loops, move up one fret.
-Speed up


ADDING IN THE PINKY!!!!!


Now let's turn it up a notch and add our fav finger! THE PINKY! Let's work this like the others.

NOTICE THE THREE DOWNSTROKES IN A ROW!


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DOUBLE PICKING WITH CRAZY SHAPES!


Now let's double pick this same shape. And switch back to strict ALTERNATE PICKING!

INIATE WITH A DOWN STROKE!


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