Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 2

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #2 - Adding Notes


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson


Let's start adding some complexity to our left hand. Being able to strike a note and fret at the exact same time will be very important as we add shapes and eventually full scales. So set's start by adding one fret position to our first workout. We will now be alternate picking between two notes and moving that up the fretboard. So start at the first fret on the low E string and down stroke. Here is the tablature for this lesson.


As you start playing this pattern with your metronome, Keep an eye on your BPM. You may have to slow down a bit from where you were in the last lesson as we have now added complexity. Once you get used to it you will be able to speed back up. Seek that same "sweet spot" where you can tell you are having to work, but can still keep it very even and on beat.


Practice time


PRACTICE TIME ( At Least - 30 Minutes)


Try to push the BPM up bit by bit and repeat the workout on all strings for this session and for each practice session this week. By the end of the week, your right and left hands should be well on their way to talking to each other and picking and fretting at the exact same time. Always try to play as cleanly as possible and keep control over your picking and fretting. Don't play so fast it gets sloppy. Take it slowly and let your hands learn at their own pace.


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Here is the Video lesson. It contains other details and examples of playing at different speeds with a metronome:



Keep an eye on your BPM on your metronome. You may have to slow down a bit from where you were in the last lesson as we have now added complexity. Once you get used to it you will be able to speed back up. Seek that same "sweet spot" where you can tell you are having to work, but can still keep it very even and on beat.





Lesson Series by Todd Simpson