Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 14

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #14 - Building Speed on Open Strings

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson we are going to focus on single string work again to see how fast we can build up our alternate picking speed. This lesson is based on a minor scale and is very similar to our slide based workout on one string from a previous lesson. This difference here is that we are going to go to an open string in between in each note. So in essence, this is a "Pedal Tone" or "Pedal Point" workout similar to our first Pedal Point lesson.

Try to "double pick" or pick each note twice once you have the pattern down. See if you can keep pushing the BPM on your metronome up as you go. Also, play the pattern on every string on your guitar once you are comfortable with it. So as soon as you can play the pattern, start on the high E and then play it on every string going down to the low E and pick each note twice. Once you get up to about 200 BPM and start using half notes, you are well on your way.


DEMO VIDEO (On Each String)