Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 80

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #80 - Alternate Picking (Straight Line Speed VS Cornering Speed)


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson


Ben Higgins (Our resident GMC Zen/Guitar Master/Monster) recently was talking about the difference between 'Straight line Speed" vs "Speed in the corners". He has a great point on the difference and why each are important. You really need a strong base in one before you can work on the other. Straight being the first that builds to cornering.


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


PENTATONIC SHRED FEST


We are going to use the current PENTATONIC SHRED COLLAB (From Gabriel Lapardi) as our backing. If you have not joined this Collab yet, bop over and join! It's a great chance to show off what you have learned and play against a very cool backing.


SIGN UP FOR PENTATONIC SHRED COLLAB


Here is a link to his Video Lesson that this Collab is Based on. It's a KILLER example of using chromatic bits within a pentatonic scale as we often do when working with pentatonics.


WARMUP LICK

Let's get our fingers moving with a warmup lick. It's a semi Diatonic scale done with open strings and hammer ons. Let's alternate pick it as well.


Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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STRAIGHTLINE SPEED

Let's do a lick to work on our "Straight Line Speed". This should feel familiar. It's based on the minor scale and open string as pedal point. Hopefully, the lick is familiar/easy enough to let us focus more on Alternate Picking and overall Speed rather than fingering.


Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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CORNERING


Now let's do a similar lick but traverse strings instead of running up the neck.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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COMBINING STRAIGHT AND CURVY


Let's now look at playing with our backing and combine our techniques. Here is a pentatonic lick that works well when alternate picked or done more dynamically.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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Let's do that same lick an octave up and play them together with our backing.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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79 REWIND


Let's look at the BOSS LEVEL lick from last weeks lesson for a second. I had some requests to revisit again this week as it was a bit much to learn on the fly.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 file and tablature.


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