Alternate Picking Exercises 3 – Lesson 75

About Alternate Picking Exercises 3 – Lesson 75

Level: Advanced

Alternate Picking Exercises 3 – Lesson 75

In this lesson we cover more alternate picking exercises.

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So I’m going to be a dear and list them for you, they are as follows-

1234, 1243, 1423, 1432, 1342, 1324,
2134, 2143, 2413, 2431, 2341, 2314,
3124, 3142, 3412, 3421, 3241, 3214,
4123, 4132, 4312, 4321, 4231, 4213


These sequences or Permutations help to develop independence of the fingers because it’s VERY easy to get stuck playing in the same pattern. This is truly something I still work on All The Time!

Play these to the metronome track located in the “content” menu of the lesson player. Start slowly!

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Hamza Irfan
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Hamza Irfan Alot of depressed guitarist on this page
Devon Beam
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Devon Beam when i was first taking lessons my teacher had me do something similar 1324 then 4231. He the had me do the same but instead of hitting the 4 he had hit the 5 so i had to move my hand and it helped out with quickly stretching my hand to hit notes. helped a lot.
Yoav Elbaz
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Yoav Elbaz why this excesise makes me so mad?!
Byron Hidalgo
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Byron Hidalgo Goodbye social life 🙂
Alex Danylyuk
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Alex Danylyuk can't wait to do 1,344 runs of this exercise - god bless my seven string making life that little bit harder 😛 good times
Clem Dec
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Clem Dec Hahaha, it's pure torture !! Killer exercices. XD
Zac Herndon
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Zac Herndon I like to do devil's triads up the fretboard in this fashion.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Ryan - That's taking each pattern (1234 for instance) and playing 1 on the 6th string, 1st fret. 2 on the 5th string, 2nd fret. 3 on the 4th string, 3rd fret - and 4 on the 3rd string, 4th fret. Up and back down. Then move up a fret and do it again, etc. Super tough to alt pick this. You can also practice sweeping with this pattern.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Great idea, Zac!
Ryan Vega
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Ryan Vega What are devils triads sounds bad ass
Veronica Bodescu
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Veronica Bodescu Trying different combinations... suddenly there are so many possibilities! I'm ready to give up to my social life :))
Niall Gannon
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Niall Gannon That floating head is awesome 🙂 Great exercise and great site...My wife is now a guitar widow, thanks Papa Gates!!!
Zachary Spalding
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Zachary Spalding Took almost a half hour, but I did every single pattern, ascending/descending, up to the 12th fret.. Incredible dexterity exercise. Thank you!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. This is definitely a ball-buster. Good job!
Luka Domazet
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Luka Domazet Wow.. Found a way to burn both, my fingers and my feelings. Just kidding, one of the best exercises I've found on the internet.
Matt Marshall
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Matt Marshall Oh, man. That's a killer haha!