Alternate Picking I

About Alternate Picking I

Level: Syn's Etudes

Alternate Picking I

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Head to the Comments section below to discuss and share videos of yourselves applying this to different Scales and Chord Progressions. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Nate Stranieri
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Nate Stranieri I couldn't really find another lesson that was better for asking this so Im just doing it here. I have an issue, I just recently got into writing but every time I try write something it either turns into a song that already exists or I don't like it because it's not as good as the songs that I like to listen to. To somewhat help me start I've been using the structures of my favorite songs and trying to replicate a similar vibe but I end up just hating what ever I come up with more and more as I get further along. Any tips on how to overcome this, become more original and not hate what I write?
Matthieu Dubois
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Matthieu Dubois My advice for that one would be. Don't let your " picking hand" touch strings.
Matthieu Dubois
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Matthieu Dubois at least for the descending part
Gabriel Perez
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Gabriel Perez Something that has helped me get better at this is by using a method taught to me by my theatre teacher, just changed up a bit so that it works better here. Play with the metronome and start at 80 BPM, play quarter notes, then eighth notes, then sixteenth notes. The trick is to play three times because what I was taught is, "If you can do it three times in a row cleanly then you can do it perfectly the next times." And for sixteenth notes you play it through five times. Each time you get through it cleanly you move up 5 clicks. I don't know how much help this would be for some people but it's something that has helped me a ton in progressing pretty quickly
Davi Gouveia
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Davi Gouveia The problem with that aproach is that you do too high bpm jumps. Play eighth at 80bpm is equal to play quarter at 160, and that is a 80bpm jump! if you are struggling at quarter 80bpm, eighth 80bpm will be an impossible thing. What I do is start playing the lick that I want to learn at 1/4 the original tempo, play it cleanly then add 5bpm, play it cleanly then add 5bpm and so forth. For example: In this "Alternate Picking I" the lick is at 120bpm. I start playing it at 30.
Nate Stranieri
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Nate Stranieri Thats exactly what I do not with just this exercise but I practice all the modes and some scales like the harmonic minor with a metronome and go from quarter to eighth to triplet then sixteenth and move the metronome up 5 clicks once I'm satisfied with how I played it which I try to be perfect but if I kept restarting on one mistake I'd be there for hours but this has helped with my consistency and ability to learn anything quicker so listen to this guy. ^^^
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