Alternate Picking II

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Level: Syn's Etudes

Alternate Picking II

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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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Ezequiel Romanko
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Ezequiel Romanko someone could tell me the tempo of this etude?
Simon Kvapil
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Simon Kvapil It´s around 130 bpm
Han Han
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Han Han the lesson is really really useful, I've never seen kind of lesson like this before, thank you so much.
Diego Santiago Marinho
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Diego Santiago Marinho Syn if you could read this, you are awesome! To me you are like a gate to awesomeness in life (got it?). Where I live (Brazil) things are complete shit, murder everyday, violence... and I am not in a good mood these days, but you, and Avenged Sevenfold means so much to me, I went to 2 concerts of a7x in Brazil, you are a dream to me! (Literally I’ve dreamed many times with meeting a7x lol). Good life with your new son!
Carlos Owens
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Carlos Owens It seems i've ran out of excuses and content to practice. Big fan, Syn, thank you lots.
William Thomas
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William Thomas I've been playing for a year and my biggest goal now is speed. But I can't seem to get past 120 bpm. Any advicel
William Thomas
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William Thomas I've been playing for about a year and my biggest goo is speed but I struggle with it. I get stuck on 20 bpm and I can't seem to go any roaster without skipping notes. Any advice?
Mike Bohn
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Mike Bohn hey Syn, how many times are you picking each string? it looks like two.
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Yes, 2 repetitions of 3 notes per string for a grand total of 6 strokes per string
Andy Marttala
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Andy Marttala Maybe this is a silly question, but how would you go about increasing tempo in a single practice session? Would you find a tempo that you can play eighths, sixteenths, triplets and sextuplets, and slowly increase the tempo while practicing all different note lengths? Or would you just pick a tempo that you can play eighth notes, and increase the tempo only ever playing eighth notes? I know playing slow and clean is important, but does playing different note divisions really help? Thanks!
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Great question! I absolutely do both
Master 888
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Master 888 Syn, why not showing your face? Why only your hand and the guitar? 🙁 Pls, reupload the video with you full face doing it. Thx. I'm your biggest fan BTW.
Bruno Avenged
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Bruno Avenged Synyster gates é meu ídolo
Kyle-James Parsons
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Kyle-James Parsons I’m trying this with thumb over the top like Syn is here, but my fingers feel all bunched together and not much finger independence going on, with fingers retracting in and flying out all over the place, not sitting over the top ready to fret. Jeez! I got some work to do! 😂
Logan Pennington
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Logan Pennington I've been playing guitar for 18 years pretty much taught myself but never had the patience to learn chord locations and different chords and scales. This is exactly what I needed from easily my favorite guitar player. I'm starting from the beginning even though I know most of it this had taken my knowledge to the next level Thank you for taking the time to do this!
Hamed Haghi
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Hamed Haghi Thanks a lot, Syn
Shay BH
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Shay BH SYN You're the reason I play guitar!
Art Kalenda
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Art Kalenda Hi Syn,Could you tell me what tempo you are playing this exercise at,loving this site!!
Beto Trivino
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Beto Trivino can i download the backing track? how?
Tim Keuter
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Tim Keuter This is the ultimate guitaristsplatform! You learn so much from the video's and the exercises. Thank you Syn and Papa Gates!!!
Himansu Kerkar
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Himansu Kerkar First up I take this opportunity to Thank You Syn The lessons are wonderful and motivate me to practice hard The whole website feels like a community of like minded guitarists practicing and progessing together Thanks a ton for this Syn
Sean Comerford
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Sean Comerford The Rev gave me inspiration to drum and now you have given me inspiration to play guitar. Thanks for loving music and keeping it alive. Ill be seeing you guys January 25th at the Peoria Civic Center!!
Julian Barton
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Julian Barton Hey Syn I love all of these videos. Especially this one I just love the sound this lick has. I am so glad this site is up and I am so glad you and Papa Gates are helping people like me who can't afford lessons pursue their dreams.
Kaustubh Dubey
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Kaustubh Dubey How to check the video!? It's not opening!? Anyone! Help
Tanner Chalfin
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Tanner Chalfin It is insane that this is free what a deal!!!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Tyler Sanders
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Tyler Sanders Thank you SYN this website is a dream come true. Now I can really improve my guitar skills and be motivated to keep learning thanks again form the bottom of my Heart.
Charles Cardonick
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Charles Cardonick I can probably play this on a kazoo
Yurei 666
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Yurei 666 I have an acoustic guitar. And I'm wondering can I apply all of the lessons to an acoustic guitar or are there some lessons I cant do with an acoustic?
Regi Teopy
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Regi Teopy Its pretty fine if you have an acoustic. If your guitar doesn't have a cutaway then you can just move the lessons a whole step back or so
Tanner Chalfin
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Tanner Chalfin Im pretty sure you are fine ur worrys would just b if ur guitar doesnt have 22 or 24 frets and it might b a lil harder to play it on an acoustic
Jeremy Harris
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Jeremy Harris Hi Syn this is Freakin Bad Ass!! I Love it thank you for always challenging us with cool licks!!
Jak Angelescu
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Jak Angelescu I have a question. When I was first learning how to play the guitar, my dad taught me a way to hold the pick that, I learned about ten years later, was VASTLY different than how every other guitarist holds theirs. I see all these great guitarists who can plan fast how they hold their picks, and I have never been good with speed. I can get 16th notes up to around 130BPM but I struggle with it and can't really get past that. But when I try playing with my pick like this, it literally feels like I'm learning the guitar all over again and can barely strum a chord properly. I hold my pick with my index and middle finger with my thumb. Any advice?
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Unfortunately - there is no shortcut. When I started holding the pick this way to play Gypsy Jazz (which is really the only way you can play Gypsy jazz) it took me 6 months before I was remotely comfortable - and a full year before I played in public. It's one of those things where you have to completely suck for a year to get better than your are right now. You just have to decide if the sacrifice is worth it. It sometimes helps me to think - how fast will I be able to play in a year if I don't do it? The answer is - no faster. You've hit a wall. So how fast will I be able to play in a year if I sacrifice and suck for a while? The answer is - probably much faster. Next year is coming either way.
Iacy Castro dos Santos
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Iacy Castro dos Santos Thanks a lot for Brazil.. I will my best right now. Thanks Thanks Thanks
Daniel Araujo
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Daniel Araujo Fucking awesome Synyster. You inspire this new generation to always play better and to learn more about music .
Tom Moore
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Tom Moore This community is a dream come true for all guitar players, thanks Syn!
Diego Santiago Marinho
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Diego Santiago Marinho Syn is that you that is replying or some employee? You are really the one who inspired me to enjoy guitar
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates I’m glad that you feel the same as me
Tobias Rehorz
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Tobias Rehorz Thank you guys so much for doing this. This website gives me tons of motivation to practice ! Going to speed up my alternate picking with this lesson 🙂
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates I love it have fun!