Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 4

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #4 - Right Hand / Left Hand Synchronization

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson, we are going to add a more complicated pattern/shape in to the mix. This pattern will force your hands to synch up. At this point, you may be noticing that your left hand is having trouble keeping up with your right hand. Or, you may notice the exact opposite, your right hand is having trouble keeping up with your left. This is quite natural. The hands sometimes develop at different rates. Our goal is to get them both playing the same thing at the same time at the same speed no matter what that speed is.

Because we are adding complexity again, you may notice that you have to turn the metronome down a bit. That's perfectly fine. Go as slow as you need to in order to play the pattern as cleanly as possible. Try to palm mute if possible to reduce the amount of ring after each strike as you want to keep the notes as separate as possible.


Practice time

PRACTICE TIME ( At Least - 30 Minutes)

Once you get the pattern down at a comfortable speed, start moving the pattern up the neck one fret at a time. You can play it four times then go up one fret, or two times and go up a fret, or even once and then go up a fret. Go all the way to the 12th fret. Practice this for at least 30 minutes out of each practice sesssion this week and see how fast you can get the pattern and still keep it clean. This will really work your left hand and left forearm as well. It's O.K. to feel some tension in your forearm as you will be building up your endurance with this lesson. However, do not play until your arm or hand goes numb or burns.


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson