Alternate Picking Overview – Lesson 73

About Alternate Picking Overview – Lesson 73

Level: Advanced

Alternate Picking Overview – Lesson 73

In this lesson we discuss alternate picking techniques and its importance to your playing.

Syn’s Tips

Really work on this stuff slowly and on one string at first until you develop some speed and it’s become comfortable. Then apply this to scales, exercises, etc. and then onto soloing to the backing tracks. Really focus on keeping the proper technique the whole time because it’s very easy to forget about technique in the middle of playing but that’s when you start grooving in bad habits which are so hard to undo.

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JOHN WOMACK
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JOHN WOMACK Great lesson in picking.
Baris Isik
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Baris Isik dude this is hard a little if u try to do it fast tho
Tory Capman
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Tory Capman I find myself having trouble with slower, simpler motions. It brings into perspective that I should've slowed down to focus on technique years ago
Tory Capman
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Tory Capman This helps a lot with the dual chromatic section at the end of the Beast and the Harlot solo!
Viktor Viktor
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Viktor Viktor Guys, I have been trying to nail the alternate picking for years, but I just cannot build up the speed. I cannot relax the right hand completely, starting like 120bpm playing 8ths is just making my hand to strain... first in the forearm, than with the speed up to the shoulder... I have been playing at like 80-90 bpm for a week now, paying special attention to relaxing my right hand, but it does not get any better. I have been playing around with position of my arm, position of the pick, different etc. Nothing makes it better. It is not even about syncing, it is already bad when I'm just playing a single note like in this lesson. I need your magical advice!!!
Clem Dec
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Clem Dec Really interesting lesson. Not a huge fan of alternate (I suck at it haha) but all that first part about holding the pick is really cool.
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I'Ve never been very concious about the way I Hold the pick. I always Just felt That I should holding it the way I felt comfortable and able to Do thet fast stuff. Is That wrong?
Art Kalenda
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Art Kalenda Excellent material to work on,A HUGE THANK YOU to you and Syn!!!! Brilliant idea and to give us access for free,wow, you do not see that a lot!!!!
Joshua Tyler
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Joshua Tyler I can't believe I was alternative picking like a neanderthal all of these years. I was wondering why it was so hard to get faster, and then I realized I was anchoring my hand on the bridge. It feels really uncomfortable to lift my hand off and try to play un-anchored, but I guess that's the price to pay for learning a bad habit.
Connor Rust
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Connor Rust Is anchoring all that bad? I've been playing for 14 years now and have heard that it's something I should fix, but it seems to be a nasty habit to shake.
D K
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D K If it works for you I see no reason to stop doing it
Robert Zaldana
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Robert Zaldana Im so happy right now =] Im at work watching this cant wait to get home to practice!
Will Carriker
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Will Carriker How do you go about alternate picking a pattern like your solo in Scream? I try a lot of motifs like that solo where its like a little arpeggio shape type thing but I can't seem to get my pick to nail the string(s) above just right. Is that just an economy picking type thing I should practice?
Zé Marques
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Zé Marques For the scream solo, this guy teaches it pretty well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eibposJl3Oo
Yudhistira Pradana
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Yudhistira Pradana Yeah I was wondering the same thing, Syn also use that kind of picking in Afterlife solo. I think the Scream solo can also be done alternatively by sweeping if you realize it
Hafiz Jumat
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Hafiz Jumat oh man there's a lot to do with alternate picking now..but yea..with ur helps and others..i'll try my best!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Just work on it at a slow tempo. It takes time to build speed. Keep working!
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