Fret Pressing and Alternate Picking

author: Ethan D. Smith date: 03/19/2014 category: for beginners
rating: 7.7 / votes: 7 
Fret Pressing and Alternate Picking
Play only as fast as your hand will let you without messing up. If you mess up you're playing too fast. Slow down. Play each fret with its corresponding finger (i.e. 4th fret is 4th finger, 3rd fret is 3rd finger and so on and so forth) also play with alternate picking. Play at a pace where you don't mess up then if you successfully play it at that pace speed up some.

The point I created this tab was to show how to play without messing up and letting your fingers touch other strings (which is what I had problems with) and to get better at speed and alternate picking as well as using your pinky and ring finger (that's why everything begins with 4). Use the tips of your fingers to play not the belly of them.

(continue to the next measures without stopping)
e|-----------4-4---------------------3-3-----------|
B|---------4-----4-----------------3-----3---------|
G|-------4---------4-------------3---------3-------|
D|-----4-------------4---------3-------------3-----|
A|---4-----------------4-----3-----------------3---|
E|-4---------------------4-3---------------------3-|

e|-----------2-2---------------------1-1-----------|
B|---------2-----2-----------------1-----1---------|
G|-------2---------2-------------1---------1-------|
D|-----2-------------2---------1-------------1-----|
A|---2-----------------2-----1-----------------1---|
E|-2---------------------2-1---------------------1-|

e|-----------------------------------------4-3-2-1-|
B|---------------------------------4-3-2-1---------|
G|-------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------|
D|-----------------4-3-2-1-------------------------|
A|---------4-3-2-1---------------------------------|
E|-4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------|

e|-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|
B|---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------|
G|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
D|-------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------|
A|---------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
E|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|

e|---------------------4-2-2-4---------------------|
B|-----------------4-2---------2-4-----------------|
G|-------------4-2-----------------2-4-------------|
D|---------4-2-------------------------2-4---------| 
A|-----4-2---------------------------------2-4-----|
E|-4-2-----------------------------------------2-4-|

e|---------------------3-1-1-3---------------------|
B|-----------------3-1---------1-3-----------------|
G|-------------3-1-----------------1-3-------------|
D|---------3-1-------------------------1-3---------|
A|-----3-1---------------------------------1-3-----|
E|-3-1-----------------------------------------1-3-|

e|---------------------2-3-3-2---------------------|
B|-----------------2-3---------3-2-----------------|
G|-------------2-3-----------------3-2-------------|
D|---------2-3-------------------------3-2---------|
A|-----2-3---------------------------------3-2-----|
E|-2-3-----------------------------------------3-2-|

e|---------------------4-1-1-4---------------------|
B|-----------------4-1---------1-4-----------------|
G|-------------4-1-----------------1-4-------------|
D|---------4-1-------------------------1-4---------|
A|-----4-1---------------------------------1-4-----|
E|-4-1-----------------------------------------1-4-|
Now play in reverse.

I am still not good at this. I try to practice it every day. I play it slow still and play it twice then take a few minutes break for my fingers to unstick then play it again and keep repeating that. I'll get better eventually right! It cant make me get worse. I've only played guitar for two months (if you can even say I play it) and I'm teaching myself so I figured anything I can do to help myself would benefit others as well. Hope it works for you. Maybe if you get good enough at it then you can try playing it with hammers and pull offs.
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