# Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 99

Todd Simpson

## LESSON #99 - Racer X Style Part I

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

Let's warm up and get going!

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

As a sort of warm up to our LESSON 100 fun, we are going to get our fingers going with some RACER X style chops. These chops are not difficult when broken apart. I previously tossed a very long version of this lick in to a Video Chat Lesson to see if it would work as a single bit but it's a tad long for that. Let's break this down and work up some speed and endurance in the process. Once we build up some speed, LESSON 100 won't seem that hard at all :)

SECRET SAUCE! SSSSHHH! (This patch uses some tricks with parallel compression to bring out your picking) It's for OVERLOUD TH2. If you don't have this, go grab the demo, so you can import this patch for this lesson.

Now then,

THE WARMUP THAT'S REALLY IT'S OWN ENTIRE LESSON

We are going to be using some hopefully familiar shapes. Let's take a basic one and work out hands/stamina a bit.

We are going to go full circle here back to the very start of our work together. You should know this pattern by heart. If not, now is a good time to learn. Let's play this on several strings and using doubles, thumbless etc. This one pattern contains everything your fingers need to know to "Shred", this one pattern can take you to the next level in terms of precision/speed.

BIG SCARY CHOPS BREAK DOWN IN TO EASY BITS

As you know, the biggest, most hairy licks/chops you can imagine can be broken down in to little bits and learned a chunk at a time. Let's tackle one and work up some speed/endurance on the way.

PART A

Let's get used to playing this on different strings, using singles and doubles.

PART B

Let's get used to playing this as well, on different strings, using singles and doubles.

PART C

Let's get used to playing this also, on different strings, using singles and doubles.

PART D

Let's get used to playing this as an addition, on different strings, using singles and doubles.

PART E

Now that we have some muscle memory with all these. Let's tie them all together in to one lick. This lick can be played slow or fast but sounds best fast

Here is a backing (from our Tripeggio work) that works well with this lick.

Here is a demonstration Vid that will show what all the licks put together and played at speed will sound like. It may take a bit of work to get all this together and played at this speed, but with a bit of practice it's within reach!