Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 122

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #122 - Precission/Speed ninja secrets of "one handed technique"

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson


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


TH1 TH2 PATCH FOR TODAY

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GUITAR RIG 4 PATCH

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NINJA SECRETS OF SHRED

One of the big "Secrets" of being able to play with precision/speed is having a really strong left hand. As Paul Gilbert will tell you, you don't have to pick every note, as long it sounds like you are picking every note your fine". As I've said some folks may say this is "Cheating" but as guitar is not a board game we will just leave that.


First Up!

USING THE LEFT HAND ONLY
-Strike with the finger tip
-Turn up your gain a bit
-try using one of the custom patches


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Let's

-Play it twice then move up one fret to 12th.
-Play it four times move up one fret to 12th
-Stretch our fingers and start on the First Fret
-Try it on other strings
(keep it clean by playing with a Metronome)


Next Up!

Let's add our STRETCH in to things!

-Turn up your gain a bit
-try using one of the custom patches

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Let's

-Play it twice then move up one fret to 12th.
-Play it four times move up one fret to 12th
-Stretch our fingers and start on the First Fret
-Try it on other strings
(keep it clean by playing with a Metronome)


Here's Where It Gets Tricky!

Let's use our left hand technique on a real scale. Left hand hammer on only! Palm mute to reduce noise.

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Let's

-Loop the pattern (repeat it)
-Try it different places on the neck.


Here's Where It Get's REALLY Tricky

Let's use our left hand technique on a real scale. Left hand hammer on only! Palm mute to reduce noise.


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Let's

-Loop the pattern (repeat it)
-Try it different places on the neck.


THE FINAL CHALLENGE!

All this work was to prepare you for this next bit. We are going to play a full scale, all the way, using our "Back and Forth" technique as well as our "Left Hand Only" technique. It's tabbed in 16th notes but that's more of a goal than anything else.


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Try to play these patterns a bit each time you practice. It will really help your left hand which will really help your playing.
Practice!
Todd