Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 8

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #8 - Different shapes on different strings

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In Lesson 8 we are going to use a piece of the minor scale to work more on our alternate picking. We have been using the same scale shapes across strings but now we are going to use different scale shapes on each string. Our workout here will be using the last six notes of the Minor scale. Those familiar with the minor scale will recognize the pattern.

We are also going to add our "back and forth" technique in to the progression to help further enhance the muscle memory associated with traversing strings for ascending and descending patterns.

In our last lesson we went from higher frets to lower frets and we are going to reverse that. We will start on the third fret and work out way up to the 12th. This will be a rather complicated shape at first but with a bit of practice you will be able to play it precisely and at any speed you like. We are going to continue to work with our metronome here as well. Let's start off at 140 BPM using whole notes. Here is the tablature.

Practice Time

PRACTICE TIME ( At Least - 30 Minutes Per Day)
NOTE: Again for this lesson, set your Metronome to 8/4 time if possible.

See if you can push the metronome beyond where you would normally go. This is the last workout that is really geared for speed that we will do for a few sessions so let your fingers go crazy! This workout combines everything we have done so far and is the capstone for this section of the Alternate Picking series.

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