Introduction to Alternate Picking – Lesson 39 Brian Haner Sr. In this lesson we discuss the basics of alternate picking. Syn’s Tips I know that this can be very difficult because sometimes you are leading with Upstrokes, and sometimes you are leading with Downstrokes. Just be confident that you will get it, it just takes time! Maybe some of you can share some Alternate Picking Exercises in the "Lesson Comments" section below that might help everyone out.