Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 93

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #93 - Playing things you thought were impossible

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

Today we are going to play something that may, at first, seem hard to impossible. Using "Finger Shifting" we will use parts other than the tip of the finger to fret notes without repositioning.

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


OVERLOUD TH1 is just amazing and Im using it for today's lesson. I"ve made a patch for you that needs no extra pre-amps or what not. Just plug in your guitar to your recording interface. No Amps were harmed in the making of this patch user posted image

Patch File (Zipped)

Patch Audio Demo

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Let's warm up a bit with this shape.

Notice the two down strokes for the first two notes. This is "Economic Picking", using two strokes of the same type in a row. It's similar to our semi sweep pick approach in our tripeggios.

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PART A - Quasi Tripeggio With Crazy Stretch

Let's jump in the deep end right way just for fun user posted image Take a look at our shape. It will require you to use your stretch a bit. Also, try to use down strokes for ascending, and up strokes for descending almost like we are sweep picking this.

Let's play it twice, move it up one fret, and again and soforth up to the 12th fret.

As a bonus, let's DOUBLE PICK this! (Pick Every Note Twice) and march it up the neck.

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PART B - Extended Quasi Tripeggio With Crazy Stretch

Now then, let's play something that will work with our backing now that we have some muscle memory built up. It combines our tripeggio thing with an inversion. I want you to find what works best in terms of picking.

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In addition to playing this with our backing, let't work it up the neck and see if we can work on our endurance a bit. Also, let's try a double pick on this.

PART C - Impossible Pinky with Quasi Tripeggio With Crazy Stretch

Now we are going to work on a "Pinky Shift". Essentially flattening out your pinky to hit a note Instead of using the tip of your finger.

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Let's march this up the neck too.

Here is our backing track, download and jam!